Interstate 205 (Oregon–Washington)

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Interstate 205 marker

Interstate 205
Route information
Length: 37.13 mi[1][2] (59.75 km)
Existed: 1975 – present
Major junctions
South end: I-5 in Tualatin, OR
  US 26 in Portland, OR
I-84 / US 30 in Portland, OR
North end: I‑5 in Salmon Creek, WA
Highway system

OR 204 OR OR 205
SR 204 WA SR 206

Interstate 205 (I-205) is a loop route that serves the PortlandVancouver metropolitan area in the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington. I-205 is officially named the War Veterans Memorial Freeway in both states, and is known as the East Portland Freeway No. 64 in Oregon (see Oregon highways and routes). I-205 passes east of downtown Portland and Vancouver, thus serving as a bypass route of I-5, which runs directly through the downtown areas of both cities. The northern terminus of the highway is located north of Vancouver in the suburb of Salmon Creek, and the southern terminus is in the Portland suburb of Tualatin.

Route description[edit]

Beneath the I-205 bridge in Vancouver, looking toward Portland
Aerial view of the Glenn Jackson Bridge, taking I-205 across the Columbia River

I-205 starts in Tualatin, Oregon, at a semi-directional T interchange with I-5.[3] From I-5, the highway heads east towards the towns of West Linn and Oregon City where it crosses the Willamette River between interchanges for Oregon Route 43 (OR 43) and OR 99E. In West Linn, there is a view point exit for the northbound lanes, providing a scenic overlook of Willamette Falls. In Oregon City, the highway curves northward, crossing the Clackamas River concurrent with OR 213 and entering the town of Gladstone.[4]

OR 213 splits from I-205 again at exit 13 in Clackamas, and the next exit north on I-205 provides access to Sunnyside Road and Clackamas Town Center.[5] North of Clackamas, the freeway crosses the Portland city limits, passing through the eastern portion of the city, where it intersects I-84 and U.S. Route 26 (US 26).[6] On the northern side of the city, just before crossing the Columbia River on the Glenn Jackson Bridge, I-205 has an exit for Airport Way, which provides access to Portland International Airport.[7]

On the Washington side of the river, I-205 serves the eastern parts of the city of Vancouver, and has interchanges with two freeways, State Route 14 (SR 14) just north of the Columbia, and SR 500 near Vancouver Mall.[7][8] From the SR 500 interchange, I-205 curves northwest back towards I-5, where it ends in the town of Salmon Creek. This interchange with I-5 is not complete, as there is no direct access from I-5 northbound to I-205 southbound, or from I-205 northbound to I-5 southbound. These missing movements are completed via Northeast 134th Street, one exit to the south.[9]

A bicycle and pedestrian trail follows I-205 for much of its distance in the Portland metropolitan area, and connects to the Springwater Corridor trail near the Foster Road exit.


I-205's bike path, crossing the Glenn Jackson Bridge

The final section of I-205 to be completed, the section between SE Division Street and the southern interchange of the Glenn Jackson Bridge over the Columbia River, opened to traffic in March 1983.[10] The approximately 10-mile (16 km) section on the Washington side of the river had opened in summer 1982,[10] and the bridge opened in December 1982.[11]

Construction of I-205 included a graded but unfinished transitway between SE Foster Road and NE Columbia Boulevard. The section between NE Columbia Boulevard and the I-205/I-84 junction became part of the MAX Red Line, and the section from E Burnside Street to SE Foster Road is used as part of the Green Line. The short portion between these sections was used by the first rail line, now known as the Blue Line.

Bike path[edit]

The Interstate 205 Bike Path is a bicycle and pedestrian trail running along Interstate 205 from Vancouver, Washington to Oregon City, Oregon, United States. It parallels the highway and the I-205 Transitway. It has a paved surface.[12] It was constructed in the early 1980s, and is over 11 miles (18 km) long, running from SE Evergreen Highway and 120th Avenue on the Vancouver side of the Columbia River to a mile south of Clackamas Town Center.[13] The multi-use path is managed by the Oregon Department of Transportation.[citation needed]

The MAX Green Line, which opened in fall 2009, parallels much of the Interstate 205 Bike Path.


Feature location
North end 45°36′16″N 122°33′22″W / 45.604491°N 122.55602°W / 45.604491; -122.55602 (North end)
Government Island 45°34′59″N 122°32′37″W / 45.583132°N 122.543714°W / 45.583132; -122.543714 (Government Island)
Marine Drive trail 45°34′14″N 122°32′52″W / 45.570634°N 122.547904°W / 45.570634; -122.547904 (Marine Drive trail)
I-84 intersection I-205 45°32′50″N 122°33′35″W / 45.547311°N 122.559861°W / 45.547311; -122.559861 (I-84 intersection I-205)
Gateway Transit Center 45°31′49″N 122°33′50″W / 45.530405°N 122.563876°W / 45.530405; -122.563876 (Gateway Transit Center)
Powell Blvd 45°29′53″N 122°34′00″W / 45.498105°N 122.566532°W / 45.498105; -122.566532 (I-205 Bike Path intersection with Powell Blvd)
Springwater Corridor 45°28′21″N 122°33′58″W / 45.472441°N 122.566009°W / 45.472441; -122.566009 (Springwater Corridor)
SE Fuller Rd MAX Station 45°27′13″N 122°34′25″W / 45.453478°N 122.57368°W / 45.453478; -122.57368 (Fuller Road Max Station)
Clackamas Town Center mall 45°26′07″N 122°34′04″W / 45.435388°N 122.56779°W / 45.435388; -122.56779 (Clackamas Town Center Mall)
Clackamas Promenade 45°25′55″N 122°34′01″W / 45.432017°N 122.566985°W / 45.432017; -122.566985 (Clackamas Promenade)
South end 45°25′07″N 122°34′17″W / 45.418664°N 122.571507°W / 45.418664; -122.571507 (South end)


Because of tremendous growth in the Portland metropolitan area and the suburb of Vancouver, the Washington and Oregon departments of transportation (WSDOT, ODOT) are currently planning improvements on I-205 to improve traffic flow between the two states. In Vancouver, WSDOT and Clark County's Regional Transportation Commission are planning several new ramps to new arterials, grade-separating existing ramps with new ramps, and additional lanes. In Portland, ODOT is beginning to plan improvements, but no details have been released yet.

Another solution being floated around is a light rail line serving most or all the entire I-205 corridor, though the plan is being met with opposition from Clark County residents. Additionally, statements have been made by the Columbia River Crossing group that the Glenn Jackson Bridge was not properly engineered to carry light rail.

Exit list[edit]

State County Location[1] mi[1][2] km Exit Destinations Notes
Oregon Washington Tualatin 0.00 0.00 I-5 – Salem, Portland Exit 288 on I-5
Clackamas 3.16 5.09 3 Stafford Road – Lake Oswego
West Linn 6.40 10.30 6 10th Street
8.82 14.19 8 OR 43 – West Linn, Lake Oswego
West LinnOregon City
city line
9.13 14.69 Abernethy Bridge over the Willamette River
Oregon City 9.29 14.95 9 OR 99E – Downtown Oregon City, Gladstone
10.24 16.48 10 OR 213 south – Oregon City, Molalla Southern end of concurrency with OR 213
Gladstone 11.05 17.78 11 Gladstone
12.67 20.39 12 OR 212 east to OR 224 east – Damascus, Estacada Northbound signage
12A OR 212 east – Damascus Southbound signage
12B Roots Road — Johnson City
13 OR 213 north (82nd Avenue) / OR 224 – Milwaukie Northbound signage; northern end of concurrency with OR 213
OR 224 – Estacada, Milwaukie Southbound signage
14 Sunnybrook Boulevard / Sunnyside Road
16.24 26.14 16 Johnson Creek Boulevard
Multnomah Portland 17.85 28.73 17 Foster Road
19 US 26 (Powell Boulevard) / Division Street
20 Washington Street / Stark Street Northbound signage
21A Glisan Street
Glisan Street / Stark Street Southbound signage
21B I-84 west / US 30 west – Portland
22 I-84 east / US 30 east – The Dalles
23.68 38.11 23A
US 30 Byp. east (Sandy Boulevard)
US 30 Byp. west (Killingsworth Street)
24.65 39.67 24 Airport Way – Portland Airport Signed as exits 24A (west) and 24B (east) northbound
Columbia River 26.56 42.74 Glenn L. Jackson Memorial Bridge
Oregon–Washington state line
Washington Clark Vancouver 27.06 43.55 27 SR 14 – Vancouver, Camas
28.30 45.54 28 Mill Plain Boulevard Signed as exits 28A (east) and 28B (west) northbound
28C Northeast 112th Avenue Northbound exit only
29.31 47.17 29 Northeast 18th Street Northbound exit and southbound entrance
30.87 49.68 30A Northeast Gher Road, Northeast 112th Avenue Southbound exit is via exit 30
30 SR 500 – Vancouver Signed as exits 30B (east) and 30C (west) northbound
31.08 50.02 Vancouver Mall (Fourth Plain Boulevard) No northbound exit
33.01 53.12 32 Padden Parkway, Northeast Andresen Road – Battle Ground
36.72 59.10 36 Northeast 134th Street – WSU Vancouver
37.13 59.75 I‑5 north – Seattle Northbound exit and southbound entrance; I-5 south exit 7 (WA)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c Road Inventory and Classification Services Unit. "Straightline Charts". Transportation Development Division, Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Staff (2006). "State Highway Log" (PDF). Washington State Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 16, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ Portland Street Guide (Map) (32nd ed.). Rand McNally. 2010. p. 685. § F5. ISBN 978-0-528-87450-5. 
  4. ^ Portland Street Guide (Map) (32nd ed.). Rand McNally. 2010. p. 687. § C6, F2. ISBN 978-0-528-87450-5. 
  5. ^ Portland Street Guide (Map) (32nd ed.). Rand McNally. 2010. p. 657. § F6, G4. ISBN 978-0-528-87450-5. 
  6. ^ Portland Street Guide (Map) (32nd ed.). Rand McNally. 2010. pp. 597, 627. ISBN 978-0-528-87450-5. 
  7. ^ a b Portland Street Guide (Map) (32nd ed.). Rand McNally. 2010. p. 567. ISBN 978-0-528-87450-5. 
  8. ^ Portland Street Guide (Map) (32nd ed.). Rand McNally. 2010. p. 537. § G1. ISBN 978-0-528-87450-5. 
  9. ^ Portland Street Guide (Map) (32nd ed.). Rand McNally. 2010. p. 476. § H6. ISBN 978-0-528-87450-5. 
  10. ^ a b Federman, Stan (March 6, 1986). "I-205 opening paves way to future". The Sunday Oregonian. p. E2. 
  11. ^ Callister, Scotta (December 16, 1982). "Rain fails to faze bridge-crossers". The Oregonian. p. E12. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "I-205 Bike Path". Retrieved 4 October 2014. 

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