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Successful construction season wraps up
11/08/2011
ODOT and local governments are wrapping up another banner year for transportation construction.  Projects under a number of federal and state programs moved forward this year, creating thousands of jobs and improving the transportation system. 

Jobs and Transportation Act:   Two years after the Legislature passed the Jobs and Transportation Act, the projects to which funding was allocated are in full swing.  A number of important projects—including improvements to the I-5/I-205 interchange, truck climbing lanes on I-5 in southern Oregon, and a number of local projects—created opportunities for local contractors.
 
ConnectOregon:  The vast majority of the projects in the first two rounds of ConnectOregon are complete, and many of the ConnectOregon III projects are moving into construction.  Projects under the $40 million ConnectOregon IV program will be selected in 2012.
 
 
 
 
Recovery Act:  The Recovery Act, which was signed into law in February 2009, provided Oregon about $500 million in federal transportation funding.  As the construction season wrapped up, the Recovery Act program was essentially complete, with more than 90 percent of all highway funding spent.
 
Oregon Transportation Investment Act:  As with the Recovery Act, the OTIA programs are winding down.  The OTIA III State Bridge Program has repaired or replaced 255 bridges, with just 15 bridges under construction.  This summer, ODOT celebrated the opening of the southbound I-5 Willamette River Bridge in Eugene/Springfield, the largest bridge in the program; work has begun on the northbound span.
 
While work under the Jobs and Transportation Act will ramp up in 2012 and 2013 and reach its peak dollar volume in 2013, ODOT’s total construction program is expected to fall in coming years as other programs, particularly OTIA III and the Recovery Act, fade away.