OTIA III completes first stagePartners, collaboration key to success

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The Oregon Transportation Commission recently recognized the successful completion of Stage 1 of the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program and acknowledged the efforts of many public- and private-sector partners.

The approximately $70 million of work in Stage 1 work completed in October replaced 19 bridges and repaired two, from Mount Hood in the north to Klamath Falls in the south and east to Burns.

There are five stages in the 10-year, $1.3 billion OTIA III bridge program improving nearly 300 Oregon bridges.

“Oregon’s economic future depends on safe, reliable transportation, and bridges are critical assets in our ground transportation system,” Governor Ted Kulongoski said. “I’m proud of ODOT’s hard work to implement the bridge program, and I congratulate all the public agencies, private businesses and professional associations for their commitment to making it a success. I also want to stress that this is just the beginning—Oregon will see the project through to completion, creating thousands of jobs and making the shipment of goods and services more efficient and profitable for the people who do business here.”

“The OTIA program is changing the way ODOT does business,” said OTC Chairman Stuart Foster. “The agency is delivering the bridge program with Oregon contractors. We are lucky we have skilled professionals in this state who provide such a high quality of service. The bridge program is strengthening the contracting, professional and design communities. Oregon will come out of the OTIA program with a private sector that will continue to deliver projects that benefit citizens.”

Stakeholders in the OTIA program include the American Automobile Association, American Council of Engineering Companies, Associated General Contractors of America, Association of Oregon Counties, Federal Highway Administration, League of Oregon Cities, Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council, Oregon Forest Products Transportation Association and Oregon Trucking Associations.

“This progress occurred because of the excellent work of our stakeholders. Their contributions have been key to this success,” said ODOT Director Matthew Garrett. “We thank our partners working with us to improve Oregon’s transportation system and support its economy.”

ODOT is maintaining mobility by staging construction. Completion of bridge projects on U.S. 97, U.S. 26 and U.S. 20 allows motorists to use these alternate routes while bridge construction takes place on Interstate 5 and Interstate 84.

In Klamath Falls, prime contractor Hamilton Construction hired local subcontractors and materials suppliers. The economic boost to Klamath Falls should continue now that construction is complete.

Bridge construction on U.S. 20 brought new jobs and economic investment to central and eastern Oregon. ODOT contractors on the bridge program and other ODOT projects boosted the local economy by just under $3 million.

ODOT’s commitment to recycling in Stage 1 saved time and money and protected valuable resources. In Madras, the agency recycled more than 720 tons of concrete and steel from one bridge. The program also recycled more than 10,000 tons of concrete aggregate and rebar.

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