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    The Major Projects Section is part of the Highway Division, Technical Services Branch. Major Projects Section provides project management services that facilitate, support and deliver transportation programs and projects. Services include procurement, asset management, document control, quality assurance, financial services and communications.
OTIA III Bridge Program Projects
  Monthly Progress Report
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The Whilamut Passage Bridge, depicted here, was the focus of work in Bundle 220, Interstate 5:  Willamette River Bridge. The project has won 15 awards to date, more than any other single project in the bridge program.

The new Whilamut Passage Bridge in Eugene-Springfield improves a crucial component of the transportation corridor that connects Oregon commuters, tourists and freight haulers all along the West Coast. The largest Bridge replacement in the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program, it was complex logistically and technical. It spans nearly 2,000 horizontal feet, crossing the Willamette River, a railroad and a four-lane boulevard. The project area encompasses two environmentally sensitive parks - Alton Baker Park and the Whilamut Natural Area - on either side of the river in different jurisdictions.  

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  State Radio Project Monthly Progress Report


In mid-December, a work crew traveled by snowcat to finish setting up a new generator at the Medicine Mountain radio site in Klamath County.
Winter weather substantially shut down civil site work on the State Radio Project by the beginning of December, but only after a construction and installation season that exceeded project goals. By the end of the month, work was in place to accommodate the remaining trunked radio system and VHF integration equipment installations and begin testing the new technology as a system. .

The project team is organizing the remaining work scheduled for 2016 to meet the June 30 end date for the Major Projects Section's delivery team.

"There is still a fair amount of microwave equipment to install, so if the snowmelt is later than normal, some work may push past our projected end date," said Dick Upton, State Radio Project manager. The ODOT Wireless Communications Section is prepared to finish any remaining work.  

January 2016 Monthly Progress Report


Oregon Passenger Rail Study Continues

The project is currently in the Evaluate phase. This phase takes the corridor concepts developed in the Understand phase and screens them in two steps. First, the corridor concepts are screened against the project Purpose and Need. Then, the concepts that pass the first screen will go through a more detailed evaluation against a set of criteria. The results will be published in a Draft Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement that will be available for public review in 2016.


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