|Major Projects Branch |
The primary purpose of the Major Projects Branch is to improve on-time and on-budget performance for the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and Oregon Transportation Investment Act (OTIA) project delivery statewide. The Major Projects Branch(MPB) is comprised of the following units;
- Contracting Services Unit (CSU)
- Communications & Stakeholders Unit
- Major Projects Unit (MPU)
- Development Unit
- Bridge Delivery Unit (BDU)
- Office Administration Unit
BRIDGE DELIVERY UNIT (BDU)
Under the Major Projects Branch, the Bridge Delivery Unit (BDU) provides management and support for OTIA III funded programs. ODOT´s initial implementation strategy for the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program includes five stages that build on each other over the next 10 years.
More than 300 state bridges are included in the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program. As the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program is implemented, this list of bridges may change based on new information. All changes to the list will be approved by the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program Oversight Committee. ODOT interprets the legislative budget note to advise the department to contract with the private sector to assist the agency with the management of the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program. The budget note further advises ODOT and the private-sector program management firm to develop a strategy to complete the bridge repair and replacement program that maximizes the following:
- Ease of traffic movement — contracting strategies that keep traffic moving will minimize effects on other industries and the public.
- Expedient delivery — quick project delivery will allow freedom of freight movement and ensure that products can be delivered throughout the state.
- Involvement of Oregon construction firms and employees — the use of Oregon firms and employees, emerging small businesses and minorities will result in economic stimulus that will benefit the state overall.
In April 2004, ODOT contracted with Oregon Bridge Delivery Partners (link to non-ODOT site)
a private-sector firm that will manage the $1.3 billion state bridge replacement program. OBDP is a joint venture formed by HDR Engineering Inc. and Fluor Enterprises Inc. They will provide day-to-day support to the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program, ensure quality projects at least cost, and manage engineering, environmental, financial, safety and other aspects of the program.
The Major Projects Branch manages the development and implementation of ODOT’s Design-Build Program. Design-build is a procurement method wherein ODOT contracts with a single enterprise with needed design and construction capability to perform the project including all design, construction, and construction administration. The Agency retains oversight of the Design-Build contract. This type of contracting can be advantageous in a number of instances; one of its main strengths is its ability to effectively implement schedule critical projects.
The Design-Build Program primarily supports the OTIA III bridge program. As of March 2006, three DB projects have been completed, replacing seven bridges. Six DB projects are under construction and replace or repair 60 bridges and construct about seven miles of new roadway. Nine additional OTIA III design-build projects are planned for 2006 through 2008 that will replace or repair over 70 bridges. Construction on two of those projects is expected to begin the summer of 2006.
ODOT contracted with Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade and Douglas, a private sector firm, in 2003 to support management of the Design-Build Program. Parson-Brinckerhoff provides expertise and support in the development of the Design-Build Program, conducting procurements to select design-build contractors and administration of design-build contracts.