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Elevating the voices of our communities

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Elevating equity: focused listening sessions tailored to our communities 

UPCOMING LISTENING SESSIONS

The Elevating Equity series of listening sessions are to help hear from communities of concern. The goal of these listening sessions is to gather insights from community members who have been historically excluded from big transportation programs and projects. A program overview will be provided, and community members can share their current experience and perspective on traveling across the Interstate Bridge or within the program area. 

Click on the event links below to learn more and register to participate: 

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Equity-focused engagement

The Interstate Bridge Replacement Program is committed to centering equity throughout our process as well as our outcomes. Centering equity means elevating the voices of underserved communities throughout our processes and ensuring that these communities can realize the program’s economic and transportation benefits.  It also means not furthering continued harm to these communities. 

A key piece of this effort to center equity is the establishment of an Equity Advisory Group in tandem with a Community Advisory Group and Executive Steering Group. The Equity Advisory Group will make recommendations directly to the Program Administrator. Beyond the Equity Advisory Group, the program team and leadership are committed to applying an equity lens in all community engagement activities. This will help us better understand the potential distribution of benefits and burdens, identify ways to address inequities and elevate the voices of those who have historically been excluded from major public projects.

Our commitment to inclusive engagement

Community engagement efforts will seek to provide extensive, inclusive and ongoing opportunities for meaningful two-way communication with stakeholders that prioritizes:  

Diagram: Two-way flow between Equity, Diversity, Accessibility, Transparency and Inclusion

The key goals of community engagement efforts include:

  • Seek feedback from a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Include underrepresented and/or underserved populations
  • Embrace innovation
  • Uplift all voices
  • Demonstrate accountability through transparency and feedback
  • Achieve trust among partner agencies and the community

The program is planning numerous activities throughout 2021 to seek public feedback and engage the public in a variety of ways. Please visit this site often for updates and connect with us using the following options.

Sign up for the IBR Program mailing list to receive periodic communications about the program via email.

Follow us on Facebook Twitter, and Instagram.

Attend an Equity Advisory Group, Community Advisory Group and Executive Steering Group meeting; all meetings are open to the public. Meeting dates and times, materials and participation information are posted in the events calendar.

Submit comments via the online comment form or email the program office.

We are listening!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our online open house, community survey, virtual briefings, listening sessions, and other outreach avenues from February — March 2021. The interest and feedback are truly outstanding. We heard that this community wants the transportation problems with the Interstate Bridge addressed, and that you want to be involved in the process!
Below is a summary of these outreach efforts. View our Community Engagement Report

Community Engagement by the Numbers: 9,155 Total Survey Participants 78 Spanish Surveys 58 Vietnamese Surveys  14,474 Total Comments Received 374 Spanish Comments 234 Vietnamese Comments  300+ Surveys Completed through Multilingual Outreach 7,000 Reached through E-newsletters and E-Alerts 195 Participants in 4 Virtual Community Briefings  331 Organizations Contacted 4 Listening Sessions with Youth and Communities of Concern 14 Advertisements in Print and Online 2 Radio Advertisements in English and Spanish

March Listening Sessions

In March, the program held four listening sessions - two sessions inviting youth ages 16-24 to share their feedback, and two sessions focused on elevating the voices of equity from communities of concern. 

Check out the live captioning graphics to see more highlights of what people shared during these sessions!

Notices

Small Scale, Low Barrier Grant Program

This program was created to expand our relationships with local Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to assist in community engagement efforts and work closely with communities of concern. These relationships are valuable in gathering feedback from those that have typically been excluded from the process on large infrastructure projects. The program will provide resources to selected CBOs that can extend the program’s reach and support community-based engagement efforts.

Download the application (Due August 20, 2021)

For more information, please contact: Salome Chimuku

COVID-19

In response to the Washington and Oregon governor’s direction to help slow and prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all engagement will be held virtually until further notice. We are committed to maintaining accessibility and transparency for all virtual engagement and public meetings. We are aware of the technological barriers that virtual engagement may have on local communities, especially communities of color. We will be culturally responsive and intentional about addressing barriers to engagement by using a racial equity lens, implementing virtual best practices, and being responsive to the guidance from local community-based organizations, community leaders and program partners.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Accommodation requests for people with disabilities can be made by contacting:

  • Oregon: Call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735-2900 
  • Washington: Email wsdotada@wsdot.wa.gov or call 855-362-4ADA (4232) 
  • Relay Service: Call 7-1-1 

Title VI

It is the IBR program’s policy to assure that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin or sex, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise discriminated against under any of its programs and activities. For additional information regarding Title VI complaint procedures and/or information regarding our non-discrimination obligations, please contact info@interstatebridge.org or 360-905-1560.

We need your help.

Join us in our effort to replace the Interstate Bridge. Your feedback is important in shaping a solution. 

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