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Stimulus funds making impact statewide
Memaloose Rest Area gets new "view" of the world
Old windows at Memaloose Rest Area
Old windows
Rocky Smith Construction, an emerging small business from Redmond, won the bid to restore the "views" from restrooms at the Memaloose Safety Rest Area. In addition to better lighting, the new windows (see below) help insulate the popular highway stop, reducing energy costs and helping keep travelers comfortable.
 
 

Company "shines light" on ODOT facility
Roofing crew puts solar panels on Building Q
Snyder Roofing crew on top of ODOT Building Q
Snyder Roofing of Tigard, an 80-year-old family-owned business, won the bid to re-roof ODOT Building Q in Salem. The project included removing the roof and installing single ply membrane. In addition, Northwest Solar Solutions, a division of Snyder, designed a photovoltaic laminate system for the roof that captures solar energy regardless of clouds.
 
If you are looking for job training and apprenticeship opportunities, find out more about ODOT's Workforce Development programs here. 

Weigh station gets improvements
Refurbished weigh station in Myrtle Point
New Myrtle Point weigh station
This weigh station along Oregon 42 near Myrtle Point (below) was in need of repair, but due to budget constraints, ODOT had deferred upgrades for several years. With state stimulus dollars, Andy Holm Construction of Sutherlin gave the facility a new lease on life. Andy Holm Construction also won another bid for a similar repair project on a weigh station in Ashland.
 

Firms show interest in rest area project
Construction firms meet at Boardman Rest Area
Pre-bid meeting draws eight firms
Eight firms attended a pre-bid meeting recently for the Boardman Safety Rest Area, a Go Oregon! state stimulus project. ODOT staff discussed the project and answered questions for companies preparing to bid on the improvements. Find out more about opportunities for small businesses at ODOT by clicking here. 

Federal stimulus supports updates in Maupin
Road construction signs in downtown Maupin
Downtown Maupin's roads and sidewalks are improving
Maupin is a tourist hub in north central Oregon, right along the beautiful Deschutes River. This project improves safety for pedestrians, supports local businesses and preserves the road system through the picturesque canyon. The project includes building new curbs and sidewalks, installing a new storm drainage system and reconstructing the roadway to reduce highway erosion from runoff. To learn more about ODOT's involvement in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, visit http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/recovery/economic_stimulus.shtml.

Two stimulus projects underway in eastern Oregon
Federal stimulus dollars are funding a project in Heppner that will make driving through this eastern Oregon community safer and easier on vehicles. The $2.17 million project to repair Court Street Bridge and rebuild sections of Oregon 74 also includes just over $1 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Those funds will help resurface 19.5 miles of the busy rural highway, as well as make sidewalk and bike lane improvements. Contractor Knife River Construction of Bend began work in late March.
 
In Mt. Vernon, Main Street is getting an upgrade, and City Manager Sue Newstetter, for one, is thrilled.
 
“The town has been waiting a long time for the sidewalk improvement project,” Newstetter said. “We plan to have a celebration event when the work is complete.”
 
The project, along U.S. 26 through Mt. Vernon, includes sidewalk improvements and streetscape enhancements. It also includes vintage style street lamps partially funded by a Transportation Enhancement grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Improvements such as pedestrian crossing bulb outs and widened lanes for truck turns will improve safety and help traffic flow smoothly through Mt. Vernon.
 

Central Oregon stimulus projects put Oregonians to work
Workers putting new garage doors on La Pine facility
New garage doors improve safety in La Pine
Two central Oregon projects in the Go Oregon! program recently finished up, using materials from Oregon vendors and putting several Oregonians to work. ODOT’s La Pine Maintenance building now has functional, safer overhead doors, thanks to Central Oregon Garage Door of Sunriver. And ODOT’s Maintenance shed in Bend (below) now has a new roof, thanks to The Roofing Co. of Bend.
 

Small business gets boost from stimulus
Sand shed with new siding
New siding on Cascade Locks sand shed
Several ODOT buildings around the state are getting makeovers, including the Casade Locks sand shed and the Baldock maintenance shed (below). Columbia General Contractors, an emerging small business based in Clackamas, won the bids for these projects. Small businesses around the state are shoring up Oregon's investments in buildings and facilities through the Go Oregon! program. Find out more here.
 
 

Glide Scale Station gets new lease on life
Glide Scale Station's new roof and new siding
A new look for the Glide Scale Station
Farrar Construction of Glide recently completed an upgrade of the Glide Scale Station, including a new roof and new siding. Along with the Glide Scale Station, ODOT has 101 projects in the Go Oregon! program, valued at a total of $4.4 million. The 2009 Legislature asked agencies to have all contracts awarded by May 1, and ODOT met that deadline, helping put Oregonians to work all over the state and continuing to support our workforce development programs.

Investments strengthen facilities in Douglas County
New floors for ODOT's Roseburg headquarters building
New flooring in ODOT's Roseburg building
Zerback Construction of Roseburg won the bid to replace worn flooring and old windows in ODOT's regional office in Roseburg. The building houses traffic engineers, planners, construction managers and others serving southern Oregon. Also in Douglas County, the Shady Maintenance station received new roofing. The winning bidder for that project was Bineham Construction of Eugene. All across the state, Oregonians are going back to work through the Go Oregon program, while facilities are receiving much needed updates and improvements.
 
 

Mitchell gets updated storage shed
Storage shed in Mitchell with new siding
Refurbished storage shed ready for work
In certain parts of Oregon, having supplies available nearby can make all the difference in the world. That’s why when the Go Oregon! program provided funds for maintenance projects that had been deferred, the Mitchell Storage Shed got on the list fast. Hanging Rock Construction of La Grande won the bid to extend and refurbish the shed, and owner Will Noffke said he enjoyed working for ODOT and would like the opportunity to do more. In the meantime, the new Mitchell Shed stands ready to provide critical storage for timber and other supplies that help maintain Oregon’s beautiful, vital central Oregon roads.

New doors grace Seaside Maintenance shop
Seaside Maintenance shop with two new overhead doors
Maintenance shop gets new overhead doors
ODOT’s Seaside Maintenance shop needed work. In fact, three panels on the overhead doors were damaged and in need of replacement. That’s when Coast Garage Doors of Seaside stepped in as the winning bidder. Coast installed panels that provide crews with a clear view into the shed, something the crews had hoped to get: because better viewing leads to better use of time, and more time is something road maintenance crews always want!