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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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Project's surplus radios help to keep Wasco County schools safe

Next fall, The Dalles Middle School will be one of 12 schools within the Wasco County School District to have a portable Kenwood radio on site with a direct line to the local 911 dispatch center.


In the wake of last year's shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, the Wasco County School District decided to take active steps to be prepared in the event of a school emergency. As part of that effort, 15 surplus analog radios from the State Radio Project will help ensure the district's lines of emergency communication are solid and reliable.

By placing a handheld radio in each school in the district on a dedicated frequency, schools will have a backup line of communication in the event of a breakdown in cellular communications. In an emergency, school personnel can use the radios to provide 911 dispatchers with real-time information. 





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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