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Mission and Values

The Oregon Department of Transportation began in 1913 when the Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Highway Commission to "get Oregon out of the mud."

Today, we develop programs related to Oregon’s system of

  • highways, roads, and bridges;
  • railways;
  • public transportation services;
  • transportation safety programs;
  • driver and vehicle licensing;
  • and motor carrier regulation.

​We provide a safe and reliable multimodal transportation system that connects people and helps Oregon's communities and economy thrive.

​These principles inform decision making and guide our behavior in working with each other, our partners and the communities we serve:

Integrity: We are accountable and transparent with public funds and hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards.

Safety: We share ownership and responsibility for ensuring safety in all that we do.

Equity: We embrace diversity and foster a culture of inclusion.

Excellence: We use our skills and expertise to continuously strive to be more efficient, effective and innovative.

Unity: We work together as One ODOT to provide better solutions and ensure alignment in our work.


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