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OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program
Web Brief (Nov 06)
Legacy award
Director Garrett expresses gratitude for AASHTO award
Bridge program receives AASHTO Legacy Award
 
On Oct. 27, Director Matt Garrett accepted the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Legacy Award on behalf of the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program.
 
AASHTO presents its Legacy Award to recognize a state agency undertaking work that is destined to change the way future transportation projects are delivered. The 2006 award acknowledges ODOT for managing the $1.3 billion program to repair or replace nearly 300 highway bridges in Oregon using increased outsourcing and partnering with the private sector.
 
AASHTO President Harold Linnenkohl praised ODOT for the state’s biggest public works project in a half-century, specifically highlighting bridge program initiatives designed to stimulate the economy, promote community involvement and ensure appropriate environmental stewardship.
 
“Before any dirt was turned, ODOT decided to rebuild its highway bridges in a way that fostered Oregon’s long-term economic prosperity while building a strong, diverse workforce and maintaining mobility and safety—not just for the life of the program, but for generations to come,” Linnenkohl said.
 
In accepting, Director Garrett acknowledged the partnerships with stakeholders that have helped the bridge program to achieve many accomplishments in its first three years. Already, 60 percent of the projects are in design, under construction or open to traffic.
 
Garrett specifically recognized the support of State Sen. Bruce Starr, who was among those gathered. As a representative in the 2001 Oregon Legislature, he chaired the House Transportation Committee and was a strong advocate of the original OTIA bill. In the 2003 and 2005 legislative sessions, Starr was a strong supporter of the OTIA III legislation that led to the bridge program.
 
AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley also had praise for the bridge program.
 
“Maintaining and replacing aging bridges now is key to ensuring future mobility needs of everyone traveling in the state,” Horsley said. “By setting this program in motion, ODOT is establishing a legacy as a forward-thinking transportation department.”
 
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