There’s only one road off Hayden Island – Interstate 5, the main Interstate Highway on the West Coast. The freeway is ALWAYS congested, funneling traffic from SR-14 in Washington and I-84 in Oregon, as well.

The 8 mile commute to downtown Portland now can take 45 minutes rather than 10 minutes just a few short years ago.

Congestion on I-5 is always top of mind to residents. Ten years ago, discussion began about a new bridge and wider freeway. But the Columbia River Crossing proposal suffered a slow and painful death in 2014 with few mourners.

This section looks at the history and the future of transportation in the Portland region. We don’t claim any particular expertise in civil engineering. This is a survey of past efforts and future possibilities.