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OTIA III News 2009 (January-June)
ODOT protects historic community gem (June)
ODOT repairs Winston Bridge and maintains aesthetics  
ODOT repairs Winston Bridge and maintains aesthetics
The Winston Bridge, designed by Conde B. McCullough, is a community gem – its high-profile design and steel construction make it a valuable asset in Oregon’s treasure box. As ODOT repairs the bridge, the agency is taking special care to preserve the bridge’s historic aesthetics, all while finding ways to save time and money through careful project planning. Read more. 

 
Willamette River Bridge makes art and history (June)
Artists, architects, ODOT partner to design WRB aesthetics  
Artists, architects, ODOT partner to design WRB aesthetics
Everything about the Interstate 5 Willamette River Bridge project in Eugene-Springfield is impressive. Among many other milestones, it marked a new chapter in ODOT public involvement history when, over two weekends in February, the agency partnered with the American Institute of Architects, Southwest Oregon chapter, to convene approximately 50 artists and architects for the Whilamut Passage design workshops. Read more about the process that the Eugene Register-Guard hailed as "the first of a new generation of projects that move people from one place to another while also giving them a sense of where they are."

 
ODOT stars win national award (May)
ARTBA recognizes ODOT summer ad campaign stars  
ARTBA recognizes ODOT summer ad campaign stars
By day, Kevin Beckstrom, Ted Bennison, Delia Joye, Jerry Marmon, Nate Neal, Noe Pineda and Shelley Snow fill familiar ODOT roles, as environmental project managers and bridge inspectors, and communications and motor vehicle specialists. It was precisely those characteristics that won them roles in ODOT TV and radio ads about summer construction in 2008. Read more about how their work on an ODOT safety campaign led to a first-place award last month from The American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

 
Beavers help ODOT bank on recovery (May)
ODOT built habitat for Oregon chub near Oregon 58.  
ODOT built habitat for Oregon chub near Oregon 58.
Investment banking may be making headlines, but ODOT is making headway in endangered species protection with its conservation banking program.
The agency recently restored a complex of ponds created by beavers as part of its contribution to the recovery of the Oregon chub, an endangered species native only to the Willamette River. Read more about the expanded chub habitat ODOT built on the East Fork Minnow Creek, off Oregon 58.

 
Elkton citizens praise ODOT in survey (March)
The community thanked ODOT at a November event  
The community thanked ODOT at a November event
The old lament “Everybody’s a critic” tends to hold true for customer behavior: According to marketing research, if people are happy with a product or service, they’ll tell only three others, but if they are unhappy, they’ll tell 11. All the more reason for ODOT to be proud that, according to the results of a recent survey, more than 90 percent of its local “customers” for the five bridges it replaced on Oregon 38 near Elkton are satisfied with the work. Click here to read more about what the citizens of Elkton had to say about ODOT.

 
Sharing the wealth of knowledge (February)
Dir. Garrett shares bridge program wisdom  
Dir. Garrett shares bridge program wisdom
Back in 2004, when the OTIA III bridge program was forming, ODOT staff prepared to deliver the program by learning from others’ experience. Now, after five years of design and construction, bridge program staff members have experiences and best practices to pass on to others. Read more about how they have recently been called upon for their expertise by transportation officials from around the country and across the world.

 
Good to guano, when bats are in the house (February)
Bat boxes provide habitat for Pacific pallid bats  
Bat boxes provide habitat for Pacific pallid bats
In 2007, Mylea Bayless, artificial roost coordinator at Bat Conservation International, commended ODOT for being one of only a few departments of transportation approaching bat habitat conservation programmatically. Learn how the agency earned such high marks from the people who know that no bat guano is bad guano.

 
Doing the right thing, with foresight (January)
Reused beams  
Reused beams
Recently, with the forethought and collaboration that characterize sustainable actions, ODOT and a contractor on the OTIA III bridge program helped advance the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds. Read more about how a timber company reused beams specially engineered for an ODOT bridge replacement to improve fish passage in the Coos watershed.

 
ODOT and community celebrate project completion (January)
Elkton pylon  
Elkton pylon
Director Garrett, along with state and federal officials, recently joined citizens of Elkton, Ore., to celebrate a job well done at an event covered by 20 media outlets statewide. Learn more about this community celebration.