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Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) - Region 1
Welcome to the ODOT Region 1 STIP website.  The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program — the STIP for short — is Oregon’s ongoing program to preserve and develop our state’s road, public transit, bike and pedestrian infrastructure. The Region 1 portion of the STIP includes projects in all of Hood River and Multnomah counties, as well as most of Clackamas and Washington counties.  The STIP outlines our transportation priorities for the next four years. It’s updated every two to three years and developed with help from the public, local government and community partners, and transportation stakeholders.  The currently approved program is the 2015-2018 STIP, which was adopted in May 2015.
STIP Process
The STIP encompasses all transportation projects that require state or federal oversight and therefore, includes projects on the federal, state, city, and county transportation systems, multimodal projects (highway, passenger rail, freight, public transit, bicycle and pedestrian), and projects in the National Parks, National Forests, and Indian Reservations.
In Oregon, most STIP projects fall into one of two categories:
  1. Fix-It projects that protect the state’s investment in the transportation infrastructure by systematically preserving all elements of the existing system

    Examples include:
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    aving and sidewalk repair
    Improving safety
    Maintaining interstate highways.
2.   Enhance projects that add to or create new transportation facilities
Examples include:
Adding capacity, like a new highway lane or freeway interchange.
Creating scenic byways and recreation trails.
ODOT has initiated the 2018-2021 STIP development process.  As part of the effort, proposed projects must be selected based on the projected availability of funds for 2019-2021.  The STIP process covers a two to three year development and approval period.  It is a highly collaborative process that includes the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC), ODOT technical staff, local agencies, elected officials and the public.
The OTC has been discussing funding allocations for the 2018-2021 STIP at its last few meetings and will make a final decision at the July 2015 meeting. Because of this change in schedule and other likely changes to the Enhance program, Enhance proposals will NOT be due August 3, 2015.  It is anticipated that proposals will be due in November 2015.  Also note, that based on the OTC discussions, Enhance funding will likely be very limited. 
For additional information, please visit:  http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TD/STIP/Pages/WhatsChanged.aspx
ODOT’s Bridge program funds improvements to rebuild or extend the service life of existing bridges and structures beyond the scope of routine maintenance. Projects funded through the Bridge Program improve the safety and condition of bridges, overpasses, and culverts. Projects vary from complete replacement/rehabilitation/repair of a structure to bridge painting or cathodic protection—protecting the reinforced steel inside bridges from the effects of rust—and can include safety items such as overpass screening, bridge end treatments, and fixing deficient railing. The only projects that are eligible for Bridge funds are those that are identified and prioritized through the ODOT Bridge Management System process. Potential projects are determined by the Statewide Bridge program manager in Salem based on bridge conditions and needs.
Read: Bridge 150% List for 2019-2021
The proposed 2019-2021 Enhance process is under development.  Please visit the statewide site for additional information, or contact the Kelly Brooks, the Region 1 Enhance Program Manager and Interim Policy and Development Manager.  
The Interstate Maintenance (IM) program provides funding for resurfacing, restoring, rehabilitating, and reconstructing most routes on the Interstate System. The program is very similar to the Preservation program; however, funds in the program must be spent on the interstate system.
There are five sub-program areas in the Operations program. These sub-programs are
(1) Intelligent Transportation Systems; (2) Signs, Signals and Illumination; (3) Slides and Rockfalls; (4) Transportation Demand Management, and (5) Culverts. Projects that may be funded through the Operations and Culverts program could include:
  • Installing/maintaining Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) elements, such as ODOT’s website for travelers (TripCheck.com)
  • Mountain pass and urban traffic cameras
  • Variable Message Signs (VMS)
  • Ramp metering
  • Traffic management operations centers and incident response vehicles
  • Installing new or upgraded signals and signs
  • Fixing slides and rockfalls
Read: Culverts 150% List for 2019-2021
Read: Operations 150% List for 2019-2021
View: Operations 150% Map for 2019-2021
Projects in the Pavement Preservation program improve the safety of the state highway system by improving conditions related to the roadway surface (ruts, slick surfaces, drainage problems, cracks, and potholes) as well as funding a limited number of safety items like durable striping, guardrail, roadside obstacle removal, and slope flattening. Project selection is driven by the Pavement Management System, which tracks the pavement conditions.
Read: Preservation 150% List for 2019-2021
View: Preservation 150% Map for 2019-2021
While every project includes elements of safety, ODOT also funds specific, qualifying Safety projects identified by the Safety Investment Program (SIP) and the Safety Priority Index System (SPIS). The SPIS is updated annually with site-specific accident history by highway mile point. The data is then used to identify problem areas where safety countermeasures are needed.
The All Roads Transportation Safety (ARTS) Program is intended to address safety needs on all public roads in Oregon. The principles and purpose of ARTS is to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes, be data driven and blind to jurisdiction, and include all public roads.  The data-driven approach uses crash data, risk factors, or other data supported methods to identify possible locations to achieve the greatest benefits.
There are two separate processes used, one for Hot Spot projects and a different one for Systemic projects.   The process for Hot Spots projects consists of each ODOT Region developing a draft list of potential projects for all roads including both state highways and non-state highways.  Regions share the Draft list with local agencies to engage local jurisdictions in collaboration on gaps or missing potential projects.  Agencies are given the opportunity to submit projects with justification that it meets the program purpose.  Regions prioritize all projects based on the projects’ ability to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes and the benefit cost of the project, and finalize a draft list for field scoping.
The process for Systemic projects is an application process.  Each local jurisdiction, including ODOT, may submit projects for systemic improvements from a large list of low cost proven countermeasures.  These submittals will be for three systemic categories of funding: (1) roadway departure, (2) intersections and (3) pedestrian/bicycle.  ODOT Regions will check all applications for program purpose and correctness, working with the submitting local agencies when necessary in order to develop a potential list of projects.  The intent is that the ODOT Regions will refine the list of submitted projects and desk scope about a 150% list.  The ODOT Regions will prioritize the project list based on program purpose of reducing fatal and serious injuries and benefit cost, in order to finalize a draft list for field scoping.
Read: ARTS Hot Spots 150% List (not yet available)
2015-2018 Approved STIP

View the 2015-2018 Approved STIP (statewide)

STIP Book (specific to Region 1/Portland metro area(note: some of these files are very large). 

Section 1 (STIP Basics)

Section 2 (Enhance Projects)

Section 3 (Fix-It Projects)

Copies of the STIP book are available for viewing at the following public libraries in the Portland metro area:
Clackamas County: Canby Library
Hood River County: Hood River Library
Multnomah County: Central – Portland; St Johns - Portland; Holgate - Portland; Gresham
Washington County: Hillsboro Main; Tualatin; Beaverton; Forest Grove

2015-2018 STIP Update: A New Approach

The 2006 Oregon Transportation Plan set the stage for the Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) transition into becoming a more multimodal agency, and emphasized the need to maintain and preserve existing transportation assets. In summer 2012, in an effort to meet the goals and objectives contained in this plan, the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) approved a new multimodal approach for using the limited funding available to maintain and enhance Oregon’s transportation system. This new approach changed how the ODOT and the OTC develops the STIP.
Historically, ODOT has selected transportation projects that were tied to pools of funding dedicated to specific transportation modes or specialty programs. The new STIP development process has been simplified to include two funding categories:
Fix-It   Enhance
Projects that maintain or preserve the existing transportation system
Projects that enhance, expand or improve the transportation system

Get Involved!

Sign up here to receive email updates and invitations to provide input on the 2018-2021 STIP. Select the "Region 1 STIP (2015-18)" list from either the "Portland Metro and Columbia Gorge (Region 1)," "Planning and Transportation Development" or "Project Information" subscription topic categories.

Contact Information

For more information, or if you have any comments or questions about the 2018-2021 STIP update, please contact:
Christina Hopes, ODOT Region 1 Program and Funding
(503) 731-4924