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OTIA III News 2007 (Jul-Dec)
ODOT wins awards for bridge program communications (Nov 07)
PRSA award
Public Affairs Manager Dave Thompson accepts PRSA award
Almost five years into the 10-year program, the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program already has a lot of good work under its belt. The bridge program communications team has been busy making sure that the good news about the program got out—in news releases and editorials, articles and feature stories published statewide. For its efforts—in particular, for producing an effective ODOT webcast, starring Director Matt Garrett—the team won two awards from a prestigious industry association. Click here to read more about ODOT’s successful communications strategies recently recognized by the Public Relations Society of America.

ODOT teaches Siletz Valley students bridge-building (Nov 07)
Siletz School event
For students at the Siletz Valley School in Siletz, Ore., a recent ODOT public involvement event provided a unique learning opportunity. From using advanced measurement technology to testing the solidity of bridge building materials, more than 125 students got a chance to see what really goes into repairing and replacing bridges. For more information on how ODOT’s bridge program is inspiring future engineers and builders, please click here.

ODOT streamlines contracting for small businesses (Oct 07)
ODOT’s Small Contracting Program for Professional and Technical Services is giving small architecture and engineering firms the opportunity to become prime consultants on ODOT contracts valued at $74,990 or less. Read more about how, for ODOT, thinking small is creating big opportunities for Oregon’s small businesses.

ODOT wins national award for workforce development (Oct 07)
This September, the American Public Works Association honored ODOT’s Workforce Development Plan with the 2007 Diversity Exemplary Practices Award. Learn more about how this award-winning plan is garnering national accolades by clicking here.

Diverse workforce sets high standard on I-5 bridges (Sep 07)
Of all the impressive statistics on bridge program Bundle A02, Interstate 5: Clarks Branch to Tunnel Mill Race—in tons of aggregate base, reinforcing steel, asphalt and concrete—one of the most impressive is the rate of apprenticeship participation: 6.3 percent, exceeding the overall goal of 5 percent. The diversity results were excellent as well: Of the total hours that apprentices worked, women apprentices worked almost 9 percent and minority group apprentices worked nearly 18 percent. Click here to read more about the success stories behind the numbers.

Mobility team wins industry excellence award (Sep 07)
Minimizing traffic delays and detours during road and bridge construction is a critical element of a well-executed project. ODOT’s OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program mobility team captured a national industry award by creating a work-zone traffic analysis tool that dramatically reduces analysis time, leading to more efficient assessment of work-zone traffic. Click here to read more.

ODOT helps pave the way to renewable energy future (Aug 07)
transporting windmills across Oregon
ODOT facilitates transport of windmills across Oregon.
From May through November of 2007, approximately 2,400 loads of wind turbine components are traveling east on Interstate 84, destined for wind farms where they will begin generating emission-free electricity. Read more about how ODOT’s bridge program and Motor Carrier Transportation Division are doing their part to support Gov. Kulongoski’s recent Renewable Energy Standard , whose goal is to meet 25 percent of Oregon’s energy needs from renewable sources—such as wind—by 2025.

Ready, set, grow! (Aug 07)
native plants next to the freeway
ODOT plants 35,000 native plants at an I-5 bridge project.
After removing trees and plants to widen seven Interstate 5 bridges in Salem, ODOT is working with Eugene-based Second Growth to plant 35,000 new trees and shrubs, including Oregon white oak, big leaf maple and snowberry. Learn more about how ODOT and Second Growth are helping to maintain and improve Oregon’s roadside landscapes.

Bridge-building and bat habitat 101 (Jul 07)
bat boxes
Students at Reedsport Junior/High School build bat boxes.
Seventh-grade students at Reedsport Junior/High School are contributing to their community at an early age, thanks to public involvement activities developed by the bridge program contractors working on Bundle 401, Oregon 38: Elk Creek to Hardscrabble Creek. Read more about the bat boxes the students made, which the contractor will install on or near the five bridges slated for replacement in this bundle.

Reading, writing, arithmetic - and construction safety (Jul 07)
McKay students
McKay High School students gear up for construction class
Several years ago, funding cuts forced Salem’s McKay High School to stop offering construction classes. Now, thanks in part to federal funding secured by ODOT’s Office of Civil Rights, instructors were able to begin offering the construction class again this spring. Click here to read more about the class and a customized safety training that is part of the agency’s efforts to prepare a qualified construction workforce pool for infrastructure projects statewide.