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.
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.
INTERSTATE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
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)
Traffic management operations centers and incident response vehicles
Installing new or upgraded signals and signs
Fixing slides and rockfalls
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.
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)