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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 most recent addition to the Interstate 5:  Willamette River Bridge project opened on June 27:  A new viaduct path along the south bank of the river serves cyclists andpedestrians.  


Extending almost 2,000 feet across the Willamette River, the recently completed Whilamut Passage Bridge is a prominent new feature in the communities of Eugene and Springfield. The project's massive scope and four-year timeline gave the project team the chance to plan and execute, in conjunction with construction activities, Many enhancements to the surrounding park and natural area, which are popular with residents.  


The most recent addition was opened to the public on June 27, as the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program unveiled a viaduct path along the south bank of the Willamette River. The new path starts east of the Knickerbocker Bridge and runs along the south side of the riverbank until it joins a pathe that the city of Springfield is building along Franklin Boulevard. It connects to a new signalized crosswalk across from the sone-to-be-openedn Cnadlewood Suite Hotel.


Out-of-the-box creativity leads to a repurposed, self-sustaining radio site

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Brad Smetana, ODOT Wireless system specialist, stand next to the traffic control cabinet that he repurposed to house solar-powered radio equipment so that crews on the Pioneer Mountain to Eddyville project construction site could have radio coverage.  
High on a mountaintop in Lincoln County sits a nondescript metal box with a small solar panel attached. This is not what most people envision when thinking about a radio site. There are no 100-foot towers, shelters that look like small houses or giant propane tanks with chain link fencing surrounding it. In fact, this radio site is not only unique in size, but also in how it came to be.
Work crews on the Oregon Department of Transporation's Pioneer Mountain to Eddyville project needed to be able to talk to each other via radios. The project site is vast and the hills and valleys are steep, making it difficult to see when a large truck or excavator approaches in the opposite direction. Because there was so much activity on site, safety became an issue making radio coverage necessary.





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 late 2014.


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