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Highway construction to put thousands to work across Oregon

Another busy summer construction season that will put thousands of Oregonians to work has kicked off. With 135 projects on state highways, Oregon will see another year of construction work zones marked by orange cones all across the state.

ODOT’s construction spending in 2012 will remain at a continued high level thanks to state and federal investment packages that have funded projects under the Oregon Transportation Investment Act (OTIA), Jobs and Transportation Act (JTA) and the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). However, major programs like the OTIA III State Bridge Program and federal Recovery Act have largely wrapped up, and peak spending on Jobs and Transportation Act (JTA) projects won’t arrive until 2013 and 2014.

On the OTIA III State Bridge program, 257 bridges have already been completed and opened to traffic; just 12 are currently under construction, with three remaining in the design phase.
A number of JTA projects will be under construction this summer, with several of them, including the US 26 Cornell to 185th project, nearing completion. A large number of major JTA projects will get under construction in 2013 and 2014, so next year’s construction season will grow again before activity tapers off in 2015 and beyond as these surges of state and federal investment reach their end.

2012 Road Projects map now available
Want to know where and when you may encounter orange cones and work zones as you travel around the state this summer? ODOT is distributing the Summer 2012 Road Projects map so motorists can plan ahead and be prepared.

Construction season means drivers will encounter work zones. When driving through a work zone, motorists are reminded to slow down, be alert for changes to traffic patterns, and be aware of workers and equipment.

The construction map is a helpful guide for general information about construction activity. For current road conditions, including construction activity, motorists can visit www.TripCheck.com or call the 511 traveler information system.

The Summer 2012 Road Projects map is available at several locations around the state, including ODOT offices, DMV offices, truck stops, welcome centers and other travel related businesses. A downloadable copy is available on ODOT’s website.