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Mobility Planning & Guidance

When we plan a construction or maintenance project, we must consider how our work may impact the movement of people and good through the area.

By evaluating mobility during our planning process, we will:

  • Maintain and enhance work zone safety.
  • Minimize detours and delays for travelers and the freight industry.
  • Minimize permanent and temporary freight size and weight restrictions.
  • Maintain critical routes to ensure freight can move through the state unimpeded.
  • Engage mobility stakeholders to find solutions and minimize impacts.

Project Requirements

The Highway Mobility Operational Notice — PD16 provides guidance on implementing key ODOT mobility policies, processes, roles and responsibilities related to project delivery. This guidance applies to all state and federally funded projects on state highways, at the project development stage through construction. This operational notice is consistent with the policies and proce​dures contained within the more detailed ODOT’s Mobility Procedures Manual​, the accepted authority for mobility policy for the Agency.

Key policy considerations include:​

  • Identification of Mobility Issues.
  • Communication and Coordination.
  • Temporary Restrictions.
  • Permanent Restrictions.
  • Transportation Management Plan.
  • Contract and Design Considerations.
ODOT Policy PMT 06-01​ requires the Department to work collaboratively with, and minimize the impact where possible, to the motor carrier industry and local government when it becomes necessary to restrict the allowable size and weight of loads on the state highway system in order to maintain safe travel.​

The Project Mobility Consideration Checklist is a tool to help identify potential impacts to freight and traffic mobility in the development phase of a project.

  • During planning and design phases of a project, the project team must provide for stakeholder and ODOT Mobility Advisory Committee input. The Mobility Team will help facilitate conversations through email or meetings.
  • The ODOT Statewide Mobility Team requires at least 15 business days to review mobility consideration checklists for projects that have already been shared.
  • If the project has not b​ee​n shared with stakeholders prior to checklist submission, more time may be required.
  • A TMP and Decision Tree must be submitted with the checklist.
  • Any potential ORS 366.215 impacts must be shared and approved before signing the checklist. More time is needed for review and additional information is required. See Guidance for Implementation of ORS 366.215.
  • Off-system projects that create a mobility impact on the state system must also comply with PD-16 and this checklist.
  • Prior to PS&E, the Statewide Mobility Program manager must sign all mobility consideration checklists for highway projects that impact freight and traffic mobility. Project leaders and local agency liaisons with projects, both on-system and off-system that have no mobility impacts, should check the "no mobility impacts" box and sign the checklist.
  • Mobility Program signature is not required for a "no mobility impact" project before submitting it with the PS&E package.
  • The TMP should contain all information needed to sign the mobility consideration checklist.

Changes to Project Mobility Consideration Checklist

Before making changes during construction that have the potential to adversely affect mobility or run counter to previous agreements, the Project Manager:

  • Must discuss proposed changes with the contractor, region mobility liaison and any relevant region resources to discuss proposed changes to determine if the change is warranted and supported by the region.
  • Engage the mobility team to discuss and get agreement with the potential changes before any agreements are made with the contractor, if supported by the region.
  • Document ODOT Statewide Mobility Program and trucking industry support of any potential new restrictions and provide a copy of the documentation to the region mobility liaison.

Leadership Direction for Changes to Mobility Consideration Checklist

​A TMP is a documented set of coordinated transportation management strategies used to manage the temporary work zone impacts of construction projects. For more information, a TMP Project Level Guidance Manual is available.

Purpose

  • Minimize disruptions to motorists, the freight industry and communities.
  • Maintain public and worker safety without compromising the quality of work being performed.
  • Address growing congestion on many roads and an increasing need to perform rehabilitation and reconstruction work.
  • Provide guidance to ODOT designers on how to develop project level TMP documents for projects. The project level TMP guidance document has been adopted by ODOT and applies to all projects in conjunction with the goals of the FHWA rule on Work Zone Safety and Mobility 23 CFR 630 Subpart J.

TMP Components

  • Introduction/Summary.
  • Project description.
  • Existing and Construction, Traffic & Roadway Conditions.
  • Project Work Zone Strategies such as:
    • Temporary traffic control.
    • Public information.
    • Traffic operation.
  • Work Zone Strategies – Proposed Impacts such as:
    • Mobility.
    • Delay.
    • Size and weight restrictions.
    • Roadway conditions.
    • Adjacent projects that may affect current project.
    • Special events.
    • Local ordinances such as noise.
    • Access issues.
    • Construction schedule limitations.
    • Impacts to emergency and public services.
  • Specification approvals such as
    • Speed zones.
    • Temporary signal plans.
    • Estimates.
  • Constriction Monitoring.
  • TMP Evaluation/Report.
"Full" Version TMP Components
  1. The Traffic Control Plan and documentation of all related design and construction staging decisions.
  2. Traffic operations strategies to better manage traffic before and during construction work.
  3. Public information campaigns notify road users of the upcoming construction project, its impacts and their transportation alternatives.
"Simplified" Version TMP Components
  1. A Traffic Control Plan.
  2. ​Thorough documentation of all related design and construction staging decisions.

Information needed for the Freight Mobility Section of the TMP

  • Critical route pair information.
  • Detour route information. If on a local road, list the following:
    • Who approved it?
    • Describe truck modeling.
    • Will the detour route allow oversize loads that are currently allowed on the restricted route?
    • Are there any restrictions on the detour route?
  • Can oversize loads be accommodated through the work zone by moving barriers and equipment out of the way and waving loads through with a short delay?
  • Is advanced noticed required?
  • Are crossovers used? If so, will traffic travel under structures?
  • When lane closures are used, describe how much width is available for traffic between barriers.
  • Is the work zone on a tangent or curve?
  • Describe any ramp closures.
    • Which on and off ramps are closed?
    • How long will the closure last?
  • Specify hours of operation for the project.
    • ​Is the work done at nighttime, daytime or both?
    • Is weekend work allowed?
    • Are there windows of opportunity for loads to get through?

The work zone safety directive requires the following documents in the project delivery process.

Background

  • On December 2015 at a Work Zone Executive Strategy Sessions Committee Director Garrett and Paul Mather agreed to implement the Work Zone Guiding Principle into the culture of ODOT.
  • In 2016, Bob Pa​ppe and the TCP Unit led the charge of developing a process, templates and guidance. While developing this framework for implementation, the project team met with over 30 leadership teams and s​takeholder groups to both communicate this direction and to better understand customer and user requirements.

Delivery & Operations Division​ Directive - Guiding Principle for Work Zone Safety

Oregon Work Zone Safety Executive Steering Committee Guiding Principle

Highway restriction notices are required whenever construction or maintenance work will close or restrict a state highway or ramp. Visit Oregon Travel Restrictions and Guidelines​ for information on submitting restriction notices.

Technical Guidance & Directives

Additional Resources

​The following trainings are available to sign up in Workday Learning. Non-ODOT staff (consultants and other ODOT partners) can view information for creating a Workday Learning account on ODOT's Workday Learning Support page. For questions about Mobility trainings, contact the Mobility Program Training Coordinator​. Did you attend a recent training? Tell us what you think by taking this brief survey​.

  • Mobility 101: This course provides an introduction to Mobility Program policies and procedures. The session covers why mobility coordination is important, temporary and permanent mobility impacts, over-dimension permitting basics, roles and responsibilities, and more.
    Sign up in Workday Learning.

  • ORS 366.215 Review Process: Raised medians, bridge structures, sidewalk bulb-outs, roundabouts, sign structures - these are just a few examples of permanent features which, if proposed on routes​ subject to Oregon Revised Statute 366.215, would require review per Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR 731-012-0010). This training session explains what is required under the law, how to identify potential impacts, and how to prepare for the review process.
    Sign up in Workday Learning.

  • Preparing for a MAC Meeting: The purpose of the Mobility Advisory Committee (MAC) is to review and provide feedback on agency projects through the lens of mobility and work zone safety as it applies to both temporary and permanent impacts. The MAC recently adopted a charter that outlines the committee’s roles and responsibilities, project review criteria and mobility meeting guidelines. This course will prepare you for these meetings by covering when you may need to present to the MAC, guidelines and resources, as well as the project review criteria.
    Sign up in Workday Learning​.

  • Mobility Considerations Checklist Essentials: The Mobility Considerations Checklist is used during project development to identify temporary work zone impacts to mobility. This course explains why this form is important to ODOT, what information is required, and best practices for getting the Checklist signed-off on time.
    Sign up in Workday Learning​.​

State Highways subject to ORS 366.215

Reduction Review Routes includes all parts of the state highway(s) that must be travelled to complete the prescribed route and/or connect with other state highways. This includes couplets and on- and off-ramps.​

  • View a GIS Map showing projects with planned restrictions on Critical Route Pairs.

  • Critical Route Pairs explained​ (what they are and where they are located)

  • ​If a route identified on the list of critical route pairs (below) needs to be temporarily restricted, ODOT will take steps to make sure the paired critical route on the list is not restricted. ​

​Highway​​
​Paired With
​Area​​
​I-5
​OR 212, U.S. 26,
U.S. 97
​Washington - California
​I-84
​OR 212, U.S. 26, U.S. 97, U.S. 20 (Sometimes includes OR 78 & U.S. 95)
​Portland - Ontario
​U.S. 30
​U.S. 26
​Portland - Coast
​OR 22 & OR 18
​U.S. 20
​Willamette Valley - Coast
​OR 126
​OR 38
​​Willamette Valley - Coast​
​OR 38
​OR 42
​I-5 - Coast
​OR 126​
​OR 58
​I-5 - Central Oregon

Regional Over-Dimensional Truck Route Study: Final Report, 2017​

​Summarizes the over-dimensional freight transport network focusing on identifying constraints, gaps and needs, providing a solutions toolbox, assessing key corridor constraints and examines study recommendations.

Regional Over-Dimensional Truck Study: ​Final Existing Conditions Report​, 2016

Defines the state of the over-dimensional freight transport network in the greater Portland region, including Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. It includes permit data analysis findings and provides information about how many over-dimension permits were issued for overwidth​, overheight, overlength and overweight loads moved. Information on vehicle combinations and commodities are also described.

​Use this interactive Horizontal Clearance Guide​ to help determine impacts on freight from temporary width restrictions.


Contact the Mobility Program

4040 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, Oregon 97302

Email the Mobility Team