ODOT is currently in the process of evaluating a few pilot projects, in various levels of completion, based on the Greenroads sustainability performance metric. Greenroads was developed out of the University of Washington in consultation with CH2M HILL. The Greenroads performance metric awards points for more sustainable practices during the design and construction phases of roadway projects and awards a certification level based on the number of points earned, much like the LEED program does for buildings. Read more about Greenroads.
ODOT Greenroads Pilot Project Factsheet (PDF)
US 97 Lava Butte Project
The U.S. Lave Butte South Century Drive project is designed to increase capacity and improve motorist safety, the existing lane configuration did not provide adequate capacity for travel demand. The area historically has a high rate of vehicle collisions with wildlife. Features of the project include a separated highway with two controlled access at either end of the four mile project. The innovative aspect, is the ODOT has installed its first ever wildlife crossings under the highway. The purpose of the wildlife crossings is to reduce and/or eliminate vehicle crashes with deer, which will hopefully protect the deer and the travelers of Oregon.
Read the Greenroads summary of the Lava Butte Project.