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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:  Whillamette River Bridge. The project has wan 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 technicall. It spands 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 jurisdicitons.  

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Integration and enhancements will ensure seamless radio coverage
The radio project's Hoodoo butte site in Linn county will be the first to have the new simulcast system installed this summer.


ODOT is gearing up to implement a key component to the overall State Radio Project, the VHF integration. The VHF system - our operational radio system - will be modified in designated areas to integrate and be compatible with the new trunked radio system. Changing an existing system that is in use 24 hours per day, seven days per week is a very complex task. 

The trunked radio system will cover the most populous areas of the state in a "horseshoe" configuration. The VHF system will continue to serve radio users ourside the trunked coverage area. The radio project must integrate the trunked radio and VHF systems in a "fringe" area along the coverage border to ensure seamless and contiguous radio communications within one operational area.  





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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