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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

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Smoke from a nearby wildfire is visible from the Lime Hill radio site in Baker County. A crew from Summit Solutions Group was on site recently to tighten the tower assembly bolts. 

The big summer build season has the State Radio Project on target to complete civil site work by October, with the exception of four sites that have presented a variety of challenges. A few additional sites may push into early 2016 for completion if winter weather is an issue, but those are not critical trunked radio or microwave sites. Six sites received notice to proceed in July. 

Work on the new console system is also progressing. Dispatch consoles were installed at the ODOT dispatch center in Bend, at the ODOT and Oregon State Police Southern Command Center in Central Point, and at the ODOT Transportation Maintenance Operations Center in Portland.  





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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