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Repairing Bridges
One Stage at a Time
The passage of OTIA III doubled ODOT's annual cnstruction program. To keep pace with this increase in workload without additional staff, ODOT has developed new ways of managing and delivering projects that benefit all Oregonians.
2002, a group of transportation industry representatives and bridge engineers studied Oregon’s aging bridges and recommended ODOT begin a phased, corridor strategy for repairing bridges. They also suggested the work begin with repairs to Interstate 5 and Interstate 84, known as Oregon’s economic transportation "backbone." Later that year, ODOT formed the Economic and Bridge Options Team to conduct a detailed analysis of the situation. In its report, the team strongly supported the concept of staging. However, instead of beginning with the interstates, it recommended starting with freight corridors in central and eastern Oregon — that way, improved routes would be available for freight and travelers while other routes were being worked on. These corridors could also be improved more quickly, providing Portland, the state’s economic center, with vital north–south and east–west connections.
For the current status of OTIA III-funded bridge design and construction projects and stages, please visit www.obdp.org/program/work/stages/.