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Welcome to the Access Management Unit

The Access Management Unit is part of the Highway Division, Technical Services Branch, in the Traffic-Roadway Section. It is responsible for overseeing and directing the Access Management Program, a program that manages how and where the department permits access to state highways from adjacent land.
ODOT manages highway access based on state law, engineering principles and objective standards that balance the economic development needs of property abutting highways with the need to maintain the safe and efficient operation of state highways. The program is managed in a manner that is consistent with local comprehensive plans.
State law, ORS 374, authorizes ODOT to regulate entry to highways from adjacent land to manage and minimize potential conflicts and crashes between traffic flow on the highway and vehicles turning to use a driveway or turning at a crossroad; and for general public welfare.

Access Management Unit (AMU)

The AMU works with diverse individuals and stakeholder groups to develop and refine the state statutes and administrative rules governing access to state highways. The AMU works with ODOT leadership teams to integrate access management into ODOT maintenance and operations, project delivery, right-of-way and transportation planning business lines. It works closely with dedicated staff in the five ODOT Regions and 14 Districts to develop guidance and training to implement access management rules, policies and procedures consistently across the state. Services provided by the AMU include:

  • Coordinate stakeholder groups to develop and refine access management laws and rules.
  • Lead in developing guidance and training to support Region and District staff in ongoing implementation of the Access Management Program.
  • Oversee the approach permit application review and decision process; and an appeals process.
  • Administer a central highway approach permit database.
  • Develop new program initiatives, conduct research and program evaluation.