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Current Planning Projects

The Policy, Data & Analysis division at the Oregon Department of Transportation periodically conducts projects to update statewide plans or to develop or update guidance documents affecting Oregon transportation agencies and planners. Below are planning projects in process today. Visit the pages below to find out more, including how to get involved and provide your feedback to help make sure the documents reflect interests and concerns throughout the state.

Expressway Designation Review (2019)

Expressways are intended to give priority to the efficient movement of people and goods traveling through an area within specific segments of a highway. This is achieved by limiting access and turn movements on the highway facility, allowing for higher speeds and smooth flow. The Expressway Designation is one of a subset of highway designations defined in the OHP. ORS 374.328 directs the OTC to review the classification of state highways every six years to ensure expressway designations are appropriate. The intent of this requirement was to ensure the designation is still appropriate given changes that may have occurred since the original designation. The last full expressway review was completed by the OTC in March of 2013.  Potential actions from the 2019 review are to:

  1. Remove the expressway designation to a portion or the entire segment,
  2. Retain the existing designation as is, or
  3. Add the expressway designation to a portion of a state highway that now meets the definition and intent.

Visit the project GIS website.

Expressway Overview Document

Public Involvement Letter

Oregon Transportation and Highway Plans Development

ODOT is prepareing to update both the Oregon Transportation Plan and Oregon Highway Plan. These updates will replace versions of the plans adopted in 2006 and 1999, respectively. These updates represent a critical opportunity to guide out strategic decision-making and shape a statewide transportation system that is resilient and that accommodates multiple users with different needs. Our project page better explains the two plans in detail, how the updates will impact Oregonians and how you can stay involved and informed.

Oregon Transportation and Highway Plans Development main page

Oregon State Rail Plan Update and Adoption

The Oregon State Rail Plan, or OSRP, is the state’s railroad mode plan which establishes a 20-year vision and strategic frameworks for the state’s freight and passenger railroad system. This modal plan is a supporting element of the Oregon Transportation Plan, refining policy, providing system information and modal specific priorities.

At their August meeting, the Oregon Transportation Commission adopted the 2020 Oregon State Rail Plan.

If you have any questions, please contact Project Manager Roseann O’Laughlin.

Public Involvement Policy Update

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has released the draft update to the Oregon Transportation Commission's (OTC) Public Involvement Policy for review and comment. You are invited to review and comment on the draft policy.  The public comment period is open until September 17, 2020.

The input received will be considered and public comments will inform potential revisions to the Policy. A final version will be complete for potential OTC adoption in October of 2020. If you would like to send a comment, please fill out the online comment form or send email comments to Policy Coordinator Deborah Benavidez.

Public Involvement Policy Draft

Transportation Safety Action Plan

ODOT is conducting an update of the Oregon Transportation Safety Action Plan (TSAP). The TSAP serves as the unifying framework for transportation safety planning in Oregon. This update will replace the five-year plan adopted in 2016. The limited and focused update will analyze what has changed since the adoption of the 2016 plan, evaluate the progress towards achieving the elimination of fatalities and serious injuries on Oregon's transportation system, and identify solutions to address system needs for all travelers. The TSAP page explains in more detail the scope of the update and how you can stay involved and informed. 

Visit the TSAP page for more information



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