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OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program
Introduction
Background

The Oregon Transportation Commission, the Governor and the Legislature have placed increasing priority on Oregon's bridge program and have shifted funds in that direction during the past two biennia. The 2003-2005 bridge budget request is more than a 100 percent increase over the 1997-1999 biennium. The percentage of the ODOT Highway Fund budget allocated to the bridge program has more than doubled in the same period. In 2003, the Legislature passed House Bill 2041, which provides $1.3 billion for the replacement and repair of bridges on state highways.

Program description

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, 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.