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    The Major Projects Branch extends the capacity of the Highway Division by facilitating, supporting and delivering transportation programs and projects. The branch 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.
OTIA III Bridge Program Projects
 
  Monthly Progress Report
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Installed at the approach to the southbound span of the Whilamut Passage Bridge in Eugene-Springfield, "Camas Basket" by rhiza A+D of Portland is one of several design enhancements made possible by dedicated federal funding for this project.   
 

 

Art not only enhances but defines many public places. The Statue of Liberty is iconic for the New York harbor, as is the Eiffel Tower for central Paris.

 

Landmarks along the highway infrastructure aren't as common as those in urban areas, but for motorists they can provide the same delight upon first encounter and the same anticipation on return visits. On the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program, the Oregon Department of Transportation was fortunate to be able to draw on federal grant money allocated specifically for public art on infrastructure projects. Funding to enhance and distinguish the area around Bundle 220, Interstate 5:  Willamette River Bridge, the largest project in the bridge program, covered several pieces both alongside the bridge, where motorists can enjoy them, and below, where pedestrians and cyclists can.  

 
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Radio site construction works in harmony with protected wildlife
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The Oregon silverspot butterfly inhabits coastal grasslands near the Pacific Ocean and is federally listed under the Endangered Species Act as threatened.  
 
Butterflies, birds and bunnies, oh my! When working to improve communications on the Stat Radio Project, ODOT commonly thinks of nature in terms of weather, not wildlife. But the influence of wildlife has come into play several times in determining new site locations, maintaining existing sites, and performing site construction and upgrades.  
 
"When planning new site development, we specifically design the work to avoid impacts," said Brian Bauman, environmental coordinator with HDR Inc., a consultant for the radio project. "We seek to understand the environmental challenges before we begin any work." 

 

  

 

 

Oregon Passenger Rail Study Continues

The project is currently in the Evaluate phase. This phase takes the corridor concepts developed in the Understand phase and screens them in two steps. First, the corridor concepts are screened against the project Purpose and Need. Then, the concepts that pass the first screen will go through a more detailed evaluation against a set of criteria. The results will be published in a Draft Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement that will be available for public review in 2015.

 

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