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OTIA III News 2005 (Jul-Dec)
Governor gives $150,000 to support workforce diversity (Dec 05)
Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski recently presented $150,000 to the Portland Community College Cascade Campus Skills Center to help expand training and apprenticeship opportunities for women and minorities in transportation construction. The funds are part of ODOT’s Workforce Development Plan, whose goals are to build a qualified and diverse labor pool to meet contractor needs for federally and state-funded transportation projects. The Skills Center will identify students interested in careers in heavy highway construction and help them gain basic and technical skills, including 300 hours of training in heavy highway construction. Read more about ODOT's workforce diversity efforts

Small recycling initiative saves nearly $75,000 (Dec 05)
On the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program, cost-effective innovation is found on small projects as well as on those of massive scale. Recently, ODOT realized significant savings on one project through personal initiative, determination and quick thinking. The agency saved nearly $75,000 by recycling pipe piles left over from Stage 1 bridges near Klamath Falls to use on a future bridge in the program. Read more about how ODOT is recycling pipes.

Local economy in Burns gets boost from OTIA III (Dec 05)
From increased lunch sales at Ye Olde Castle Restaurant, to booked rooms at Silver Spur Motel, bridge work in Burns, Ore., is improving more than transportation. Bridge workers in Burns are providing a boost to area businesses by filling up local hotels and restaurants while working on OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program projects. Learn more about boosting businesses in Burns.

ODOT: Building better homes for bats (Nov 05)
With their natural habitats slowly dwindling, bats are increasingly being forced to look elsewhere for shelter. Through the bridge program, ODOT is helping to make Oregon bridges more bat-friendly. In collaboration with resource agencies and regulators, ODOT has made small but very significant changes in bridge structure and design to help make the underside of bridges safe places for bats to rest, roost, and raise their young. Read more about these bat habitats.

Business Line Forum 2005 (Nov 05)
The Project Delivery Business Line Forum 2005, held Oct. 26, provided education and information on current project delivery trends, strategies, methods, best practices, issues, and updates. Open to leadership staff and key business partners responsible for project delivery, the forum boasted more than 150 registrants, including attendees from organizations such as the Associated General Contractors of America and the American Council of Engineering Companies. Read more about the Business Line Forum.

Simple solution increases worker safety (Oct 05)
ODOT’s ongoing goal of innovation and cost-effectiveness recently resulted in the increased safety and efficiency of workers at the Butte Creek Bridge repair project on Interstate 5 between Albany and Harrisburg. Previously, low bridge railings required workers at Butte Creek to be strapped to safety lines. Thanks to a project manager’s out-of-the-box thinking and some recycled scrap wood from a neighboring project, a safety railing now protects workers. The new framework has made work safer, easier, and faster, and the only cost incurred was the price of nails to put the railing together. Read more about this innovative safety solution.

A new winter home that's for the birds (Sep 05)
As part of the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program, ODOT has replaced and relocated an existing eagle perch on a lake near Klamath Falls. The new perch will be used by bald eagles that winter near the lake and take advantage of the warmer climate and the abundant fish and small mammals that they hunt for food. ODOT moved the perch in order to help minimize disturbance to the eagles, and their prey, during bridge construction near the lake. Read more about the eagle perch near Klamath Falls.

ODOT brings economic opportunity to Klamath Falls (Sep 05)
The OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program is replacing two highway bridges on U.S. 97 in Klamath Falls, providing a much-needed economic boost to the region.  ODOT is utilizing local subcontractors and materials suppliers in Klamath Falls for everything from concrete and tools, to hauling and vehicle repair services. Thanks to the support of these local companies, both bridges will be complete by mid-December, only 10-months after construction began. Read more about the economic boost to Klamath Falls.

New design for Pleasant Hill Bridge improves mobility (Sep 05)
ODOT’s new design for the Pleasant Hill Bridge on Oregon 58 will improve long-term mobility and safety in the corridor while spurring economic development in the region. The plans for the replacement of the bridge were met with approval in Lane County. Because the new bridge will benefit the local economy, the Lane County Board of Commissioners voted to contribute $385,000 to the project. Learn more about the Pleasant Hill Bridge design.

ODOT receives award for environmental excellence (Sep 05)
The Oregon Department of Transportation received the Best Program award for Environmental Excellence from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on Sept. 18, 2005. ODOT is one of three winners in the Best Practices in Context Sensitive Solutions Competition. The agency was recognized for its implementation of Context Sensitive and Sustainable Solutions (CS⊃3;) in its OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program.
 
CS⊃3; is the operating philosophy of ODOT’s bridge program, whose goals are to stimulate Oregon’s economy, perform work cost-effectively and efficiently, keep traffic moving, be sensitive to communities and landscape, and capitalize on funding opportunities. AASHTO chose ODOT’s CS⊃3; implementation over 75 applications from 33 states. Read the news release about the environmental award.

Students gain job experience through bridge program (Aug 05)
This summer ODOT, through Oregon Bridge Delivery Partners, offered three Oregon college students the opportunity to learn about a career in the fast-growing industry of highway and public works construction. The three interns are working on the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program and gaining valuable experience under the guidance of experienced engineers, economists, and designers. Red more about job experience for students through OTIA III.

ODOT works to build a larger, diverse workforce (Aug 05)
The Oregon Department of Transportation unveiled in mid-July a plan to build and sustain a diverse workforce. Working in close partnership with many groups, ODOT's Workforce Development Plan ensures that a qualified, diverse workforce will be available to work on the record number of highway construction projects now and in the future. The plan has three key elements: boosting diversity in employment, increasing apprenticeship participation, and increasing training resources and opportunities for highway construction jobs. Read more about building diversity in the workforce.

Innovation accelerates bridge construction (Jul 05)
The Coast Fork Willamette River Bridge is the first in the state to be completed under ODOT’s new, innovative programmatic permitting process. Working with 11 state and federal regulatory agencies, ODOT combined regulatory requirements and environmental performance standards into a single set of permits that could be used throughout the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program. The collaboration resulted in a streamlined process that speeds project completion, saves time and money, and protects natural environments. On the Coast Fork bridge, the new process decreased permitting by 90 days and saved $1 million. Read more about the innovative permitting process.