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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
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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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Radio project's outgoing OSP liaison leaves lasting contributions

Oregon State police Lt. Jim Rentz has been a valued State Radio Project team member for nearly four years. In May he accepted a new position in OSP's Tribal Gaming Division, effectively ending his involvement on the project. 

Oregon State Police Lt. Jim Rentz has been a consistent advocate for radio users and a valued partner for the Oregon Department of Transportation on the State Radio Project. As the project's appointed OSP liaison for nearly four years, Rentz has helped shape the outcome of several important project milestones and has served as a valuable resource for the team. In May, he accepted a position in OSP's Tribal Gaming Division, bringing his tenure on the radio project to a close.  

"Lt. Rentz was instrumental in the successful installation of the new radios for OSP, the transition to narrowband, the selection of additional new radio sites to increase coverage and the initial planning of the new trunked system," said Rob Reish, ODOT Wireless Communications Section manager.  





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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