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Six Oregon transportation projects win national environmental awards
With Oregon’s strong commitment to sustainability and innovation in protecting the environment, you’d expect the state’s transportation projects to do well when federal officials hand out awards for projects that enhance the human and natural environment.  And you’d be right: six Oregon projects managed by ODOT and local governments were among just 33 projects nationwide recognized by the Federal Highway Administration in three different categories.
Environmental Excellence Awards
FHWA designed its Environmental Excellence Awards to recognize and reward commitment to deliver projects that protect and enhance the environment while shortening project delivery, advancing innovative technology, and “going greener.”  Two Oregon projects received this award.

  • Portland Streetcar Loop Project, a 3.4-mile extension of the Portland Streetcar system that will extend from the Pearl District across the Broadway Bridge to the east side of the Central City area and south to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, won the Excellence in Air Quality Improvement and Global Climate Change Award.
  • Delta Ponds Bridge, a Recovery Act-funded iconic bridge that provides nonmotorized access across the Delta Highway in Eugene, won an award for Excellence in Nonmotorized Transportation.
Delta Ponds Bridge
Exemplary Human Environment Initiatives
EHEIs recognize outstanding examples of projects that either create or improve conditions for human activities while protecting the natural environment.  Two Oregon projects won this award.
  • ODOT’s Upper Perry Arch Bridge Rehabilitation Project won for restoring a historically significant structure that showcases the architectural design and technique of early twentieth-century engineers.
  • Multnomah County’s Sellwood Bridge was recognized for building public and agency consensus around improvements for a multi-modal, community-driven, and environmentally-sensitive infrastructure project.
Exemplary Ecosystem Initiatives
The EEIs identify exemplary ecosystem and habitat projects that are unique or highly unusual in their geographic scope; use of cutting edge science or technology; high level of environmental standards; high quality of results achieved; and/or recognition by environmental interests as being particularly valuable or noteworthy.  Two ODOT projects were recognized.
  • ODOT’s Checkermallow and Wetland Restoration efforts on a project Highway 18 were recognized for managing innovative mitigation impact and habitat restoration techniques, along with multiple partnerships, to preserve a rare wildflower during a bridge rehabilitation project.
ODOT’s Strategy for Migratory Bird Management and Conservation was recognized for introducing a formal strategy to minimize the effects of transportation projects on the more than 300 types of migratory birds that nest near highways and on bridges.