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Finding the right size for ODOT: How the agency is planning for a leaner future
With revenue falling off and a significant amount of ODOT’s State Highway Fund revenue going to debt service on bonds, ODOT must take prudent steps to reduce its footprint.
To help bring expenses back into line with revenues, ODOT is developing a plan to reduce the agency’s workforce by two percent in 2013 and by five percent by 2015 to match funding levels. This equates to about 225 positions throughout the agency. To minimize impacts, staff reductions will be done through attrition, with plans in place to eliminate certain positions as vacancies occur.
Since ODOT’s first priority must be to operate and maintain state highways to protect the safety of the traveling public, right-sizing will seek to minimize the impact on maintenance; much of ODOT’s effort to reduce maintenance costs will come through efficiencies that allow us to eliminate equipment and facilities.
With ODOT’s construction program expected to fall significantly in the next several years, ODOT’s project delivery arm, which oversees the design and construction of projects, won’t need as many staff. As a result, ODOT’s project delivery arm which will be reduced by 150-200 positions.