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OTIA III News 2007 (Jan-Jun)
Lights, camera...construction! (Jun 07)
Garrett video
ODOT Director Matt Garrett appears in a webcast.
As one of the busiest construction seasons in Oregon’s history gears up, ODOT created a webcast to alert drivers about construction work zone safety and how to be prepared. Featuring Director Matt Garrett, the video message allows ODOT to distribute critical work zone safety information in a new and compelling way. To learn more about the webcast  and to view the video.

West Salem students tour ODOT wetland mitigation site (May 07)
West Salem zoology students learn about wetlands on site.
West Salem zoology students learn about wetlands on site.
ODOT’s 1.2- acre wetland mitigation site in West Salem is home to thousands of animals and plants. On a sunny Tuesday in May, a new species joined the mix: 15 members of the West Salem High School zoology club. Jim Cox, assistant branch manager in ODOT’s Major Projects Branch, arranged for the club to participate in a hands-on tour of the West Salem wetland mitigation site led by Ron Francis, ODOT Region 2 wetland specialist, and Zak Toledo, Oregon Bridge Delivery Partners natural resource coordinator. Read more about what the students learned.

Cooperation restores salmon habitat (May 07)
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Trees are being re-used as salmon habitat.
The replacement of five bridges near Cottage Grove will require the removal of approximately 300 trees, so ODOT worked with state and federal agencies, contractors and planners to make sure the trees won’t go to waste. After the trees are cut down, ODOT and its partners will use them to enhance salmon habitat in the Umpqua River basin. Find out how ODOT used teamwork to create this long-term solution for Oregon Coho salmon.

A confluence of collaboration (Apr 07)
Sandy River Bridge
The design of the bridge program’s Sandy River Bridges is an example of ODOT’s collaboration with partners from a variety of commercial, cultural and recreational organizations. The agency, stakeholder groups and interested citizens are developing the design of the bridge that will be the gateway to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Read more about the area that will be a destination for hikers and historians, cyclists, bird-watchers and fishing enthusiasts.

The upside of dirt (Apr 07)
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Bioswales use dirt as a filter for runoff from bridges.
To their toolbox for combating pollution from storm-water runoff, ODOT can now add dirt. Bridge program engineers are creating bioswales that filter bridge deck runoff water through layers of soil and plant life. The bioswales greatly reduce the amount of contamination entering Oregon’s rivers and streams. Read more about the upside of dirt, and other methods ODOT is using to protect one of Oregon’s most precious resources.

A new way of doing business (Mar 07)
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ODOT and OBDP work to ensure a successful bridge program.
With the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program, ODOT pioneered a new way of doing business. The agency became only the third DOT in the country to expedite delivery of a major funding package by outsourcing the work. Read more about the advantages of this new way of doing business.

ODOT Major Projects Branch is formed (Mar 07)
The Office of Project Delivery is evolving with the agency’s needs. On March 31, it became the Major Projects Branch and reflects a reorganization that positions the agency to better serve its regions and consultants as well as handle future large program management and delivery needs. Read more about the formation of the Major Projects Branch.

Elementary school shares in ODOT contractor's success (Mar 07)
Mary Russell, principal of Miller Elementary School, receives a $2,500 safety grant check from Neal Spoon of Hamilton Construction Co.
Hamilton Construction presents a check to Miller Elementary.
Bridge program contractor Hamilton Construction recently reached 50,000 hours of injury-free work on its bridge project in south Salem. To celebrate, the company made a $2,500 grant to Miller Elementary School. Read more about how Principal Mary Russell will use the money to improve her school’s safety.

Bridge program manages cost increases with innovation (Feb 07)
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Cost increases inspire innovative solutions for bridges
As anyone who drives a car or pays a home heating bill these days knows, the price of fuel and other commodities is rising rapidly. Like all Oregonians, in 2006 ODOT faced steeply rising costs on the bridge program. Standard crude oil cost $59 per barrel at the beginning of the year and reached a record high of $78.40 per barrel in mid-July. The price of steel spiked rapidly over the past year and a half, rising some 70 percent.
ODOT is responding to the extraordinary cost pressures of 2006 with innovation and flexibility. Read more about measures the agency is taking to control costs on the bridge program.

Construction manager earns award for citizen response (Feb 07)
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Linda Fitzpatrick receives service award
Solving a critical safety issue in record time earned Linda Fitzpatrick, resident construction manager on bridge program Bundle 212 in Salem, a “Building Bridges” award and an appreciative letter from a concerned citizen who had written to the AskODOT e-mail service. Click here to read more about how Fitzpatrick and her team improved the visibility of lane markers on I-5 while cutting the five-day response window nearly in half.

Technology helps grading contractor work faster, smarter (Jan 07)
Use of technology smoothes grading operations.
While surveyors still use wooden posts to stake sites to be graded for a roadbed, contemporary machine-control systems—computer-aided design surveying technology—are making one part of the paving process easier. Read how Grading Unlimited Inc. of Hillsboro, Ore., is on the leading edge of cost-effective and efficient practices  on Bundle 212 near Salem.

ODOT protects bridges, emergency routes (Jan 07)
ODOT has always built bridges to standards that would keep them standing during a significant earthquake. Now, with recent findings about seismic activity in Oregon, ODOT is building the roadways connecting to the bridges to make sure they stay put, too. Find out how ODOT is making sure soil liquefaction won’t damage the roads.