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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.

November 2016

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ODOT has selected Amy Ramsdell to join ODOT’s executive leadership team as Motor Carrier Transportation Division Administrator. Amy’s experience and knowledge within both Motor Carrier and ODOT’s Highway Division make her uniquely qualified to lead the Motor Carrier Transportation Division.
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Communities celebrate opening of major highway projects
Three communities celebrated completion of major construction projects this fall as ODOT opened to traffic the I-5 Fern Valley Interchange, OR 140 Bly Mountain project, and U.S. 20 Pioneer Mountain to Eddyville project.
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The Department of Homeland Security has given Oregon an extension for compliance with the federal Real ID Act through June 2017.  Driver licenses and ID cards continue to be accepted for common federal uses including air travel.
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In the largest commitment to an accessible transportation system in state history, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Disability Rights Oregon and the Association of Oregon Centers for Independent Living have reached a proposed agreement which will make the state highway system more accessible to those with disabilities. 
 
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New Transportation Safety Action Plan aims for zero deaths

The Oregon Transportation Commission formally adopted the 2016 Oregon Transportation Safety Action Plan. The TSAP provides long-term goals, policies and strategies and near-term actions to eliminate deaths and life-changing injuries on Oregon’s transportation system by 2035.

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$1.1 million awarded to school “safe routes” programs

Eight applicants have been awarded funds that will help young students walk, bike and roll safely to and from school. The funds are specifically set aside for non-infrastructure investments, aimed at education and encouragement, and include things like teaching students safe practices and developing action plans around schools such as identifying barriers in the infrastructure surrounding schools.