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OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program
Web Brief (Sep 05)
Jack Lettiere of AASHTO presents award to Lorna Youngs
ODOT receives Best Program award for environmental excellence
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SALEM, Ore. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) received the Best Program award for Environmental Excellence from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on Sept. 18, 2005. ODOT is one of three winners in the Best Practices in Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) Competition. The agency was recognized for its implementation of Context Sensitive and Sustainable Solutions (CS⊃3;) in its OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program. ODOT Interim Director Lorna Youngs received the award on behalf of the agency at an AASHTO awards breakfast in Nashville, Tenn.
CS⊃3; is the operating philosophy of ODOT’s bridge program, whose goals are to stimulate Oregon’s economy, perform work cost-effectively and efficiently, keep traffic moving, be sensitive to communities and landscape, and capitalize on funding opportunities. During the life of the program, ODOT will repair or replace hundreds of bridges critical for the free flow of commerce and economic health in Oregon. To ensure that all participants are aligned with the five program goals and the agency’s values, ODOT trains and certifies all the firms working on the bridge program in CS⊃3;.
“We are committed to progressive project delivery and environmental stewardship,” said Michael D. Wolfe, statewide project delivery manager at ODOT. “Context Sensitive and Sustainable Solutions reflect community values in a new generation of bridges.”
AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association whose goal is to foster the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system. It chose ODOT’s CS⊃3; implementation over 75 applications from 33 states.
The OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program is part of ODOT’s 10-year, $3 billion Oregon Transportation Investment Act (OTIA) program. During the next eight years, OTIA funds will repair or replace hundreds of bridges, pave and maintain city and county roads, improve and expand interchanges, add new capacity to Oregon's highway system, and remove freight bottlenecks statewide. About 18 family-wage jobs are sustained for every $1 million spent on transportation construction in Oregon. Each year during the OTIA program, construction projects will sustain about 5,000 family-wage jobs.