The Major Projects Section extends the capacity of the Highway Division by facilitating, supporting and delivering transportation programs and projects. The section manages and develops accountable and fiscally responsible programs that satisfy legislative requirements and meet the needs of internal and external stakeholders and the public, through appropriate contracting and public-sector resourcing.
To be a national leader in developing and implementing innovative and cost effective project delivery techniques that support the Agency's mission. MPS will be viewed as a strategic partner reaching across industry and institutional boundaries while providing creative leadership to the Agency.
Major Projects Section Organization
The primary purpose of MPS is to improve on-time and on-budget performance for the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and Oregon Transportation Investment Act (OTIA) project delivery statewide. MPS is comprised of the following units:
- Contracting Services Unit (CSU)
- Communications and Stakeholders Unit
- Major Projects Unit (MPU)
- Development Unit
- Bridge Delivery Unit (BDU)
- Office Administration Unit
Bridge Delivery Unit
Under MPS, the Bridge Delivery Unit provides management and support for OTIA III funded programs. ODOT's initial implementation strategy for the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program includes five stages that build on each other over the next 10 years.
More than 300 state bridges are included in the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program. As the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program is implemented, this list of bridges may change based on new information. All changes to the list will be approved by the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program Oversight Committee. ODOT interprets the legislative budget note to advise the department to contract with the private sector to assist the agency with the management of the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program. The budget note further advises ODOT and the private-sector program management firm to develop a strategy to complete the bridge repair and replacement program that maximizes the following:
- Ease of traffic movement -- contracting strategies that keep traffic moving will minimize effects on other industries and the public.
- Expedient delivery -- quick project delivery will allow freedom of freight movement and ensure that products can be delivered throughout the state.
- Involvement of Oregon construction firms and employees -- the use of Oregon firms and employees, emerging small business and minorities will result in economic stimulus that will benefit the state overall.
In April 2004, ODOT contracted with Oregon Bridge Delivery Partners, a private-sector firm that will manage the $1.3 billion state bridge replacement program. OBDP is a joint venture formed by HDR Engineering, Inc. and Fluor Enterprises, Inc. They will provide day-to-day support to the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program, ensure quality products at least cost, and manage engineering, environmental, financial, safety and other aspects of the program.
MPS manages the development and implementation of ODOT's Design-Build Program. Design-build is a procurement method wherein ODOT contracts with a single enterprise with needed design and construction capability to perform the project including all design, construction, and construction administration. The Agency retains oversight of the Design-Build contract. This type of contracting can be advantageous in a number of instances; one of its main strengths is its ability to effectively implement schedule critical projects.
The Design-Build Program primarily supports the OTIA III bridge program. As of March 2006, three DB projects have been completed, replacing seven bridge. Six DB projects are under construction to replace or repair 60 bridges and construct about seven miles of new roadway. Nine additional OTIA III design-build projects are planned for 2006 through 2008 that will replace or repair over 70 bridges. Construction on two of those projects is expected to begin the summer of 2006.
ODOT contracted with Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade and Douglas, a private sector firm, in 2003 to support management of the Design-Build Program. Parsons-Brinckerhoff provides expertise and support in the development of the Design-Build Program, conducting procurements to select design-build contractors and administration of design-build contracts.