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OTIA III News 2008 (Jan-Jun)
Big splash in a small pond (June 2008)
ODOT’s bridge program work is having a huge impact on the small eastern Oregon town of Mitchell. Click here to learn more about the economic boost the construction is creating and how ODOT was able to pave an additional two miles of road on the project.

ODOT 'hits the skids' to conquer hilly obstacle (June 2008)
Recently, ODOT replaced a bridge—not over the course of years but over a long weekend—significantly reducing the impact on motorists. Click here to find out how, when faced with the challenge of tough terrain, long detours and extended traffic delays, ODOT turned to a creative technique known as rapid replacement.

Oregon and Idaho share border, bridges and budget (May 08)
Idaho shares borders with six states and a Canadian province. But it shares bridges with only Oregon. Fortunately, the relationship between ODOT and its counterpart, the Idaho Transportation Department, is good. This working relationship became stronger beginning in 2006, when the two Interstate 84 bridges over the Snake River—part of bridge program Bundle 202 near Ontario—needed repair. Read more about the project here.

ODOT helps Elkton students look to the future (Apr 08)
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Elkton mayor helps assemble the school time capsule.
In March, students in Elkton public schools contributed to a time capsule of life in 2008 that will be placed inside a pylon decorating the entrance to nearby Elk Creek Bridge, to be opened in 75 years. Read more about how ODOT included the students in its bridge rebuilding efforts as part of public involvement for the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program.
 

Webcast helps motorists navigate I-84 closure (Apr 08)
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Aerial footage complemented videotape of work near LaGrande
When ODOT closed I-84 for five days in March, it also opened up a new world of communications options, with its first Web–based video news release that announces a highway closure. Read more about how the bridge program communications team, ODOT Film and Video Services, and Region 5 added a new tool to their outreach arsenal to prepare motorists to safely negotiate a detour route during a five-night closure of the interstate near La Grande.
 

Small Contracting Program yields fresh solutions (Mar 08)
The Small Contracting Program is providing opportunities for small businesses and the state’s economy, and the benefits don’t stop there. Click here to find out how, through the SCP, ODOT is finding new talent and a simple way to respond quickly and efficiently to challenging projects.

Asphalt is black gold of recycling (Mar 08)
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ODOT recycled 130,000 tons of asphalt on this I-5 project
The most recycled material in the United States in terms of volume and percentage of material reclaimed isn’t paper, glass, plastic or aluminum: It’s asphalt. And with the prices of aggregate and petroleum rising, what’s good for the natural world is increasingly good for ODOT’s budget. Read about how ODOT and a bridge program contractor recently kept 130,000 tons of pavement in circulation and saved more than $133,000 in landfill fees.

ODOT inspires budding student artists (Feb 08)
pylon drawing
The winning design depicts local elements
Sometimes all it takes to inspire lasting works of art is the right motivation. Click here to find out how an ODOT outreach team motivated students at Elkton High School to design decorative pylons that will flank the Elk Creek Bridge for decades to come.

Bridge program work moves to region management (Feb 08)
Like a Cirque du Soleil routine, managing ODOT’s workload takes balance and flexibility. Click here for information on how Region 3, Region 5 and the Major Projects Branch have balanced workloads to capitalize on regional availability and expertise.   

Legislature learns about CS3 successes (Feb 08)
The OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program is achieving success by incorporating ODOT’s innovative decision-making framework, Context Sensitive and Sustainable Solutions, or CS3. During the 2008 Legislative Special Session, Major Projects Branch Manager Tom Lauer had the opportunity to present testimony on the bridge program’s achievements. Click here to read the testimony and learn how CS3 is helping ODOT meet its bridge program goals and prepare for Oregon’s future.

Keeping the McKenzie River clean, clear and quiet (Jan 08)
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A bubble curtain isolates construction noise
Fish don’t have ears in the conventional sense—they detect movement and vibrations in the water through finely tuned nerve endings. Yet ironically, the keenest sense for most fish is…hearing! That’s why ODOT and bridge program contractor Hamilton Construction Co. used a tool that muffles the potentially deafening noise generated by heavy machinery operating on a project over the McKenzie River. Click here to read more about what ODOT is doing to keep everything from building materials to heavy-equipment noise out of the McKenzie River during construction.

Extraordinary bridge and extraordinary delivery method (Jan 08)
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Willamette River Bridge in Eugene
Alternative delivery method selected for the new Willamette River Bridge is a first for ODOT
Spanning the Willamette River between Eugene and Springfield, Bundle 220, Willamette River Bridge is the largest bridge program project in terms of time and cost, and the first in ODOT’s history to utilize the CM/GC delivery method. Click here to find out how ODOT plans to use an extraordinary delivery method to replace an extraordinary bridge.