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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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The Whilamut Passage Bridge, depicted here, was the focus of work in Bundle 220, Interstate 5:  Willamette River Bridge. The project has won 15 awards to date, more than any other single project in the bridge program.

The new Whilamut Passage Bridge in Eugene-Springfield improves a crucial component of the transportation corridor that connects Oregon commuters, tourists and freight haulers all along the West Coast. The largest Bridge replacement in the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program, it was complex logistically and technical. It spans nearly 2,000 horizontal feet, crossing the Willamette River, a railroad and a four-lane boulevard. The project area encompasses two environmentally sensitive parks - Alton Baker Park and the Whilamut Natural Area - on either side of the river in different jurisdictions.  

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State Radio Project Monthly Progress Report


With the help of a crane, a crew from Summit Solutions Group assembles tower sections at Wampus Butte in Deschutes County.

The State Radio Project is 80 percent complete with all site improvements and technology installations. As of the end of August, microwave installations are 78 percent complete, site installations are 84 percent complete and trunking equipment installations are 77 percent complete. Crews reached substantial completion on five sites in August.

Preparations continue for the cutover to the new console system. Individual cutover plans created for each dispatch center cover logistics before, during and after cutover. To ensure a smooth transition, key technical staff will be on call throughout the process. System acceptance testing will begin in September before the console system cutover.  





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 2016.


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