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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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ODOT and OSP radio dispatch command centers welcome new consoles
 
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Julee Scruggs, ODOT dispatch operator at the Southern Command Center, takes a call from an ODOT maintenance worker in the field. 
 

After years in the works, the wait for the new dispatch console system is nearly over. As a key component to the upgraded State Radio System, the consoles and their integrated features wil make a big difference for Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon State Police dispatch operators.

OSP Southern Command Center Supervisor Michael Berkowitz was onsite during staging and was one of the first to test the equipment. "The new system is so much more user friendly," said Berkowitz. "What's nice about the new consoles is that they allow free flexibility so each command center is able to customize certain features to meet individual needs."  

 

  

 

 

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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