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Sustainability in Project Delivery

Sustainability in Project Delivery Committee

The Sustainability in Project Delivery Committee was formed in August 2010. The committee, composed of ODOT staff with a wide-range of expertise, is tasked with:

  1. Defining what sustainability means for ODOT Project Delivery.
  2. Continue momentum of current sustainability practices and measures already occurring in Project Delivery.
  3. Effectively communicate about sustainability within Project Delivery both internally and externally.
  4. Determine the best tools to manage and implement sustainability within projects.
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OTIA III Bridge Delivery Program

 The OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program used the innovative Context Sensitive and Sustainable Solutions (CS3) approach to build a new generation of bridges. CS3 incorporates sustainability at the project level in a number of ways such as reusing materials, using renewable low-carbon fuels, maintaining mobility, promoting workforce development, providing economic stimulus, and using life cycle costing. 

The OTIA III Bridge Program is to complete work in 2014. 

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OTIA III Construction Waste Management Program Summary

The bridge program’s environmental team created a Construction Waste Management Program to help contractors operate sustainably and manage waste to its best end use, saving money and natural resources. Materials and cost savings data collected through the life of the program have shown measureable success.

Read more (pdf)

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Greenroads Pilot Projects

ODOT evaluated a few pilot projects 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.

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.

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Other Tools for Measuring Sustainability in Project Delivery

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