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Emergency Ordinance

*Authorize Intergovernmental Agreement with the State of Washington Department of Transportation for the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program


The City of Portland ordains:

Section 1. The Council finds:

  1. On November 18, 2019, the governors of both Oregon and Washington states signed a Memorandum of Intent, acknowledging that the existing Interstate Bridge poses a major seismic risk and is a traffic bottleneck for the region and the entire nation, and that replacing the Interstate Bridge with a facility that includes high capacity transit therefore remains a high priority for both states. 
  2. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) have entered into a partnership for the I-5 Bridge Replacement Program (Program)
  3. WSDOT wishes to contract with the City for staffing services for Program alternatives analysis, transportation planning, transit planning/engineering, financial structures, Program community outreach and involvement, and environmental documentation. 
  4. This is the beginning of an extremely large and important transportation and transit project, which includes two state departments of transportation, two regions, two transit agencies and two cities. The City of Portland’s participation is crucial to ensure a successful project and that the interests of the City of Portland are represented.
  5. Specific City tasks and obligations are laid out in an Intergovernmental Agreement, attached as Exhibit A. The city Attorney has reviewed this agreement and approved as to form.
  6. The Bureau's level of confidence in the cost estimates for the planning phase of this project is high. It is typical of major transportation and transit projects to require amendments to staff services agreements between the parties. As project phases advance, specifics become clearer or change, additional services will be negotiated and added. It is possible that there may be future amendments to the Agreement to incorporate other understandings, services or betterments to be provided.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Council directs:

  1. That the Commissioner-in-Charge is hereby authorized to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement with WSDOT in the amount of $2,861,580 (Two Million Eight Hundred Sixty One Thousand and Five Hundred and Eighty Dollars) to reimburse the City for its costs in performing tasks as outlined in a form substantially similar to that attached as Exhibit A and, by reference, made a part hereof.
  2. The Commissioner-in-Charge is authorized to execute amendments to this agreement approved as to form by the City Attorney, provided the changes do not increase the City’s financial risk.
  3. The Office of Management and Finance Grants Office is authorized to perform all administrative matters in relation to the grant application, grant agreement or amendments, requests for reimbursement from the grantor, and to submit required online grant documents on the Commissioner-in-Charge’s behalf. 

Section 2.  The Council declares that an emergency exists because the Intergovernmental Agreement  needs to be executed in order for The City to receive reimbursement from WSDOT in a timely manner; therefore, this Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage by the Council.

An ordinance when passed by the Council shall be signed by the Auditor. It shall be carefully filed and preserved in the custody of the Auditor (City Charter Chapter 2 Article 1 Section 2-122)

Passed by Council

Auditor of the City of Portland
Mary Hull Caballero

Impact Statement

Document History

Item 598 Consent Agenda in July 28-29, 2021 Council Agenda

City Council


  • Former Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty Yea
  • Commissioner Mingus Mapps Yea
  • Commissioner Carmen Rubio Yea
  • Commissioner Dan Ryan Yea
  • Mayor Ted Wheeler Yea

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