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    The Major Projects Branch extends the capacity of the Highway Division by facilitating, supporting and delivering transportation programs and projects. The branch manages and develops accountable and fiscally responsible programs that satisfy legislative requirements and meet the needs of internal and external stakeholders and the public through appropriate contracting and public-sector resourcing.
OTIA III Bridge Program Projects
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The Whilamut Passage Bridge, depicted here, was the focus of work in Bundle 220, Interstate 5:  Whillamette River Bridge. The project has wan 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 technicall. It spands 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 jurisdicitons.  

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State Radio Project leadership passes the torch to Wireless Communications Section

ODOT Wireless Communications Section staff gatherered from across the state on Oct. 22 at the Northwest Viticulture Center for its annual staff workshop.
As the State Radio Project progresses from building sites to building technology, the project's leadership is also transitioning within the Oregon Department of Transportation. Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the radio project will be housed in ODOT's Wireless Communications Section.
After years of planning, engineering, solidifying lease agreements and obtaining environmental clearances, the radio project has delivered the majority of the civil site work under the leadership of State Radio Project Manager Dick Upton. The past summer was the project's busiest construction season. The next phase is installing the technology.




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 2015.


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