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OTIA III News 2010 (January-December)
Working the angles: moving large freight through work zones
Pilot cars escorted dam spillway doors through work zones
Pilot cars escorted dam spillway doors through work zones
Oregon's dramatic topography makes it a hotspot for outdoor enthusiasts and camera buffs, but its steep mountain inclines and winding back roads can be daunting, especially for tractor trailers hauling oversize freight. Constricted bridge construction zones add to the challenge. Read more about how careful planning, coordination and teamwork by ODOT have made way for many varieties of massive cargo: steel doors for dam spillways on the Columbia River, supersize mining dump trucks and the mold for wings on heavy-duty military aircraft.

ODOT balances complex start-up on Sandy River Bridge
Sandy River bridge
During construction, ODOT will share the I-84 Sandy River br
The mouth of the Sandy River near Interstate 84—the western edge of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area—is a popular summer destination for swimmers and rafters during the summer. Beginning this summer, for the next four years ODOT will be there, too, working in the water and on work bridges above the river to replace the east- and westbound I-84 bridges over the Sandy River and add a pedestrian and bicycle path to the eastbound bridge. Read more about how a few summers of sharing the river will create long-term benefits for the area.

ODOT launches first blog
WRB blog
The Willamette River Bridge blog gives readers an inside loo
ODOT continues to expand its social media presence with the launch of the agency's first blog. The blog presents an exciting opportunity to engage new audiences and continue public engagement for the Willamette River Bridge project. Read more.

ODOT contributes to a "powerful place"
ODOT's team and community partners installed Alton Baker Park’s new talking stones.
ODOT's team installed new talking stones in Alton Baker Park
Eleven “talking stones,” engraved with words from the Kalapuya language, lie along paths in the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park, a greenway on the north bank of the Willamette River in Eugene and Springfield. As part of its restoration work for the soon-to-be-rebuilt Interstate 5 Willamette River Bridge, ODOT has contributed four more stones to the park. Read more about the journey of Camafeema (ferns on the ground), Duucu - Ba (powerful place), Hal - Ba (downstream) and Gudu-Kut (frog) from basalt boulders to historic landmarks.

Willamette River Bridge demolition
An excavator demolishes the I-5 Willamette River Bridge
An excavator demolishes the I-5 Willamette River Bridge
What goes up must come down. ODOT makes way for the new Willamette River Bridge by demolishing the 2,000-foot long, 50-foot high decommissioned structure. The demolition, which may appear chaotic to an untrained eye, is actually a carefully orchestrated performance that can occur only after months of careful planning and preparation intended to leave nothing to chance. Read more.

Neither wind, nor snow, nor sleet...
Concrete Bent
Crews place concrete bent on the Hood River to Mosier.
Project schedules sometimes force construction into the blustery winter months, sending crews into conditions that create frosty faces and numb toes. But like the fabled postman, ODOT’s contractors don’t let the winter weather delay their swift completion of projects across the state. Despite chilly temperatures and less than ideal weather, several bridge program projects are moving ahead this winter, helping to ensure on-time project deliveries and minimal freight disruptions. Read more. 

Students create new homes for bluebirds
 At the open house, students showed off their birdhouses
At the open house, students showed off their birdhouses
Red stars, green peace signs and yellow flowers adorn new birdhouses to be placed around the town of Veneta in hopes of luring bluebirds to nest. Bluebirds are likely to gravitate toward these colorful wood homes designed especially for them and built by students at the recent ODOT educational day at Fern Ridge Middle School and Veneta Elementary School. Read more about the habitat restoration that came about as part of a bridge program project to repair or replace seven bridges around Veneta, west and south of Eugene.

Photo story: down comes the bridge
The big lift
The big lift
Read about the careful process ODOT used when they tore down the Interstate 5 Willamette River Bridge.

Archived news briefs
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