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  • Our Mission
    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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From the conference room between the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center and the Oregon Department of Transportation Northwest Transportation Operations Center, the console cutover team coordinates each dispatch center switch to the new Pantel console and logging recorder system. From left are Eric Vargas (ODOT), Nathan Renner (Pantel), Mat McDonald (Pantel), Richard Wilson (ODOT), Kurt Chandler (ODOT), Lisa Strader (ODOT) and Nancy Hall (AECOM).

In October, the State Radio Project console project team began the carefully planned cutover process for the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon State Police dispatch centers. The team switched over one center at a time to the new Pantel console system, beginning with ODOT's Transportation Management Operations Center in Portland.

Detailed cutover plans included two implementation teams, one at the dispatch center and one in Salem. ODOT Wireless Communications Section technicians were on site to move the consoles into position and troubleshoot any issues, and a technician was on call around the clock during the 48-hour cutover period. 




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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