Oregon Department of Transportation

The COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on the construction sector across the country, with many private sector projects being deemed as non-essential by several state governments. But in regards to many departments of transportation projects, work continues on those projects that state authorities have determined to be essential.

The Oregon Department of Transportation and Washington State Department of Transportation are excited to announce the appointment of Greg Johnson as the program administrator to lead the bi-state Interstate Bridge Replacement Program office. In this role, Johnson will jointly represent both ODOT and WSDOT to lead program development efforts using a transparent, data-driven process that prioritizes equity and inclusion.

Construction is well under way of a $12 million project to replace six downtown bridges connecting roadways to over-the-water pier structures by the Columbia River in the city of Astoria, Ore. All of the bridges have been restricted to three-ton weight limits — the lowest the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) can go before having to close down the bridge.

While a few punch-list items remain, substantial completion of the Oregon Department of Transportation's (ODOT) I-205: Paving & Auxiliary Lanes project in the city of Portland was delivered last December by Kerr Contractors Inc. on-time and on-schedule.

Carter & Company Inc. (C&C) crews began work on the Oregon Department of Transportation's (ODOT) $18.7M, I-84 Graham Road Bridges Project in the city of Troutdale in February 2019 and are looking at beating the delivery date of December 2020.

Street improvement projects often make travel safer, and that's certainly the number one factor driving work on Rainier, Ore.'s main street. But the $12.2 million project also comes with the added bonus of the total transformation of the city's downtown from two lanes of cracked asphalt bisected by railroad tracks to a new streetscape with ADA compliant sidewalks, new crosswalks, updated railroad gates and signage, and most importantly, the "daylighting" of the existing railroad tracks.

A $25.98 million project near Roseburg, Ore., should get traffic flowing more smoothly over a mountain pass in the Umpqua River Valley. Contractors for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are building climbing lanes in both directions over Roberts Mountain to move tractor trailers struggling to make the grade out of the flow of traffic.

Poor road surface combined with major new development in the area is triggering an $18.8 million project by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to replace two bridges over I-84 in Troutdale. "We're seeing a lot of new economic development in the area around Troutdale north of 84," said ODOT spokesperson Don Hamilton.

In support of an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) grant application, Amtrak announced a matching $750,000 contribution to reduce delays in the Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor. ODOT's grant application, if successful, will restore an out-of-service siding between Portland and Salem.

Crews have begun work on a $29.3 million project in Eastern Oregon that is expected to improve safety on a highway on which 50 percent of the traffic is trucks and one that is notorious for perilous conditions. The Ladd Canyon Freight Improvement project will widen a section of the Interstate 84 eastbound freeway in the Ladd Canyon area between milepost (MP) 270.39 and 272.81, approximately 6 mi.

More than 500 high school students attended the Oregon Department of Transportation's annual Construction and Utilities Career Day in early May, an event designed to afford students the opportunity to operate heavy equipment in a controlled, safe environment and talk one-on-one with contractors, utilities, state agencies, two- and four-year colleges and trade apprenticeship programs.