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OTIA III News 2006 (Jan-Jun)
Collaboration turns costly rubble into valuable fill (Jun 06)
After ODOT contractors on an OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program project outside Cottage Grove were able to demolish two I-5 bridges in less than three days, three bridge program contractors quickly recycled the resulting 30,000 cubic yards of rubble into reusable construction material. Learn how they worked together to save money, time and natural resources.

On bridge program, Holm II inc. partners and prospers (Jun 06)
Holm II Inc., a construction firm in Stayton, is one of many Oregon companies prospering from work on the bridge program. In 2003, Holm partnered with the design firm CH2M HILL to bid on design-build projects. Together, they have won contracts for three projects in the Interstate 5 corridor and one in the I-84 corridor. Holm’s work has doubled, and the company has added about 20 full-time employees. Read more about Holm II's work.

Solar power regulates traffic during construction (Jun 06)
Two primary goals of the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program—maintain mobility and protect the environment—seemed destined to clash as work began on the Crescent Creek and Odell Creek bridges in Bundle 217 on Oregon 58. A signal was needed to keep traffic moving, but installing one would have damaged the surrounding roadway and wooded areas. Keeping ODOT’s Context Sensitive and Sustainable Solutions philosophy in mind, the contractor collaborated with ODOT to find a more sustainable alternative: a portable solar-powered traffic signal that not only reduced negative impacts on the environment and maintained mobility but also saved time and money. Read more about solar-powered traffic signals.

Zetlin fosters community engagement on bridge program (Jun 06)
Construction in Oregon will reach record levels over the next four to five years, due in large part to ODOT’s OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program. The bridge program has created business-development opportunities for dozens of small companies, including a team of Portland women who make sure the public is informed when bridge work closes lanes or creates construction delays. Click here to read more.

Bridge program forges ahead on strength of steel (May 06)
ODOT is committed to working with Oregon-based companies to spark economic growth throughout the state. As a result, Oregon steel mills are bustling with work, even in the face of out-of-state sources of imported steel. Eugene-based Farwest Steel Corp. specializes in structural steel and in the steel rebar used to reinforce concrete. Farwest supplies more than half the rebar for all ODOT projects in the state. Read more about ODOT's use of Oregon steel.

Pre-apprentices ready for peak highway construction (May 06)
When eight candidates graduated from the Portland Community College Cascade Trades and Industry Division at the end of March, they were finishing six months of comprehensive training and looking forward to long-term careers in construction work, ideally on ODOT’s OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program. Read more about apprentice work with OTIA III.

Environmental successes highlighted at annual meeting (Apr 06)
ODOT made a commitment with the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program to build bridges in ways that not only reduce negative impacts on the environment, but enhance and improve it. ODOT’s successful implementation of environmental protection and enhancement initiatives in 2005 on bridge program projects was the focus of the second annual Program Coordination Meeting in Portland on March 16. The meeting focused on environmental accomplishments such as bat and Oregon chub fish habitat enhancements, environmental stewardship meetings, the environmental monitoring process and streamlined programmatic permitting. Read more about the annual Program Coordination Meeting.

Bridge redesign takes the long view (Mar 06)
 
When recent high-water levels exceeded the 100-year flood marks on two I-5 bridges on an OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program project south of Albany, ODOT knew the replacement bridges needed to meet the changing conditions. In response to flood concerns and the threat of damage to the highway and bridge structure, the Bridge Delivery Unit collaborated with Region 2 to design replacement bridges with fewer piers and raised elevations. The result is increased flow capacity, easier passage of debris and the opportunity for more efficient modifications in the future. Read more about how BDU and Region 2 are using innovative and forward-thinking designs.

Brothers Concrete (Mar 06)
Brothers Concrete Cutting of Albany is an example of an Oregon small business achieving lasting success. Recently, the company has been working on ODOT’s OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program. As a subcontractor on several projects, Brothers is performing critical work in the construction process. As a result of its work with the bridge program, Brothers has been able to expand its business. The company now employs 20 people and usually has two or three crews working in the field at one time. See the complete story on Brothers Concrete.

Workforce alliances (Mar 06)
Finding, training and employing a diverse, skilled workforce that is prepared to meet upcoming construction demands was ODOT’s goal in creating the landmark Workforce Development Plan. The plan, initiated statewide in July 2005, is designed to expand diversity in employment, increase apprenticeship participation, and increase training resources and opportunities for highway construction jobs throughout the state. Since last September, ODOT has been implementing the plan through workforce alliances around the state. To date, alliances are up and running in two regions: the Portland metro area and eastern Oregon. Learn more about recent alliance meetings.

ACEC/ODOT Conference (Mar 06)
Mutual understanding and cooperation were the common themes at the American Council of Engineering Companies/ODOT 2006 conference in Wilsonville March 6–9. The conference, part of an ongoing educational collaboration between ODOT andACEC, included practical information and tools to improve the way technical and project delivery staff work together. It was also a chance for key ODOT regional and headquarters managers and staff to answer questions for engineering consultants and give them insight into ODOT’s project delivery methods. Read more about the ACEC/ODOT conference.

ODOT spurs economic development for tribal business (Mar 06)
One of the main goals of the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program is to create and sustain jobs in the broadest cross-section of the state’s workforce by maximizing the participation of people like Jessie Hunt, owner of glyphFusion and a member of the Haida and Tlingit tribes. Through her work with ODOT, Hunt is helping encourage American Indians to begin a career in construction on the state’s 10-year Oregon Transportation Investment Act program. Read more about how ODOT is helping businesses like glyphFusion.

Environmentally friendly bridge nears completion (Mar 06)
There is a new, more environmentally friendly bridge on the Mt. Hood Highway (U.S. 26). The 250-foot span at milepost 43 east of the town of Zigzag replaces a 170-foot structure built in 1953. The new bridge is one of the longest clear-span steel beam and girder bridges in Oregon. Because of its length, none of the piers and abutments supporting the new bridge is in the river, which means the structure will have less impact on the streambed. Get more information about the Zigzag project.

Delivering bridges on track and on time with night work (Feb 06)
The Oregon Department of Transportation is preventing delays for truckers, tourists and commuters by scheduling construction projects at night. Night work means fewer drivers on the road, which helps contractors work faster and finish projects sooner. Read more about how ODOT is using night work to stay on schedule and to keep Oregon moving.

Increased protection with truck-mounted attenuators (Feb 06)
When construction requires lane closures, motorists must be alerted to changes in the flow of traffic, and those working in the closed lanes must be protected. Placing a barrier between traffic and the work zone preserves the safety of drivers and workers. Unfortunately, not every work site can accommodate a static traffic barrier. ODOT solves this problem by using a mobile traffic-safety barrier called a truck-mounted attenuator. Read more about how the bridge program  is using valuable safety equipment.