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Stakeholder Update

The Stakeholder Update is a semi-regular newsletter of the Oregon Department of Transportation, which provides news on transportation policy and programs to key stakeholders. 
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 July 2014


Salem's Front Street

ODOT Director Matthew Garrett expressed his enthusiasm at filling out the OTC with two new highly capable members.  "The unique perspectives they bring, along with their business expertise, interest in sustainability and experience in the transportation industry, will help us to continue to meet our mission serving the people of this great state."

 ​Union Pacific train

Absent congressional action, the federal Highway Trust Fund is expected to have insufficient cash to pay all of its bills in the near future. While ODOT expects to be able to keep active projects, including local governments' federally funded projects, going for some period of time, projects slated to get underway in 2015 may be impacted.

Chip seal work in E. Oregon

Opening of new I-84 Sandy River Bridge completes OTIA III program
ODOT dedicated the new Interstate 84 bridge over the Sandy River, the last of 149 bridges replaced in Oregon during the 11 years of the Oregon Transportation Investment Act (OTIA) III Bridge Program.  The $1.3 billion OTIA III program also repaired 122 aging bridges across the state.

Working on culverts on US 20 project

Construction underway on major projects across Oregon
ODOT has a number of major projects under construction around the state.  We encourage everyone to travel safely through work zones, watching out for workers and changing road conditions and following posted speeds. 


Know before you go with the summer construction map
To help you know where road work is happening, the Oregon Department of Transportation has produced its summer construction map that shows project locations.  The map provides information about individual projects with their anticipated delays and also offers safety tips for driving through work zones. 
Chris Kuenzi talks about tanker car safety 
The implementation team for Oregon's Road Usage Charge Program is now seeking private-sector companies to build and manage services for Oregon's mileage charge collection system. Volunteer motorists will choose road usage charge services from contracted companies that provide market-driven options that are efficient and cost-effective.

Night road work

Giving a boost to the compressed natural gas market in Oregon
The Oregon Department of Transportation is helping boost the market for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles by awarding federal funds for eight projects that will advance alternative fuels across the state. 

Night road work

Bringing engineering into the classroom
More than a dozen ODOT employees brought learning to life for Oregon elementary school students by volunteering with the STEM Connect (science, technology, engineering and math) program.  The program is a great way to spark interest in math and science and a fun way to show that engineering and technology are cool and achievable career paths.