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Community Engagement

Your voice matters

We understand that to conduct authentic community engagement we must first listen and engage with the community who live and work in this region. To ensure a bridge replacement solution meets the needs of the people that use it every day, the program is committed to ongoing community engagement that offers opportunities for meaningful, two-way conversations.

brother and sister wait outside their home ready for school

Join the conversations in February !

Attend a community event to share your vision for this program and tell us what transportation problems the program needs to solve.
View our Community Engagement Fact Sheet to learn more about our outreach and engagement activities. 

Engagement Fact Sheet

 

Visit our online open house - happening now!

Community briefings:

February 18 | 5:30-6:30 pm
February 23 | Noon-1:00 pm
February 23 | 5:30-6:30 pm (Spanish-language only)
February 25 | 6:00-7:00 pm. 

Meetings and Events

Community Engagement Meeting with three women

Equity-focused engagement

 The IBR program is committed to centering equity. Centering equity means elevating the voices of historically marginalized 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 will 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.

Program Timeline

Upcoming Program Engagement Schedule showing key milestone dates.  Purpose and Need Vision and Values Spring.  Screening Criteria and Initial Range of Alternatives Summer/Fall.  Narrow Range Alternatives Fall/Winter.  Environmental and Design Work and Construction 2020-2025.

Notices

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.