Tag Archives: ODOT

Port budget will shrink under plan

Agency struggles with infrastructure The Port of Astoria on Wednesday presented a $13.6 million proposed budget for the next fiscal year largely driven by attempts to repair the agency’s aging infrastructure while being frugal. The proposed spending plan is a decrease of more than $2 million from what was adopted for the fiscal year ending […]
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Guest column: A victory for the disabled

This spring, a federal judge in Portland approved a historic settlement agreement between people with physical disabilities and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The agency made the largest commitment to an accessible transportation system in state history. During the next decade and a half, ODOT will work to lift barriers to travel for thousands of […]
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Legislators pursue changing appointment authority for ODOT director

A $8 billion transportation package will include shifting the authority to appoint the ODOT director from the governor to the OTC. Legislators on a joint committee to craft a transportation package plan to propose shifting authority to appoint the director of the Oregon Department of Transportation from the governor to the Oregon Transportation Commission. Source: […]
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Terrebonne plan could ease Highway 97 congestion

Oregon Department of Transportation, counties to look at intersection One of the most troublesome intersections along U.S. Highway 97 could be getting a makeover in the next few years. Possible fixes to ease congestion in Terrebonne could range from rerouting northbound traffic onto nearby 11th Street to adding an overpass to the existing highway, said […]
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ODOT stops work on Wickiup Junction bridge

Unstable ground delays construction Construction work on a bridge that would route traffic over the railroad tracks north of La Pine, at the U.S. Highway 97-Wickiup Junction, has been stopped because of unstable ground. It is the second time in less than a year that problems halted construction of the $17 million bridge. Source: ODOT […]
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Eastern Oregon cities hoping for dollars from transportation package 

Hermiston and Pendleton have plans for whatever new transportation revenue comes their way. Legislators may be talking about relieving Portland traffic jams as they design an $8.2 billion transportation funding package, but Eastern Oregon cities are looking forward to what they anticipate will be some extra cash for their communities too. “We’re curious how it […]
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Bridge crack fix spawned more fissures

When Oregon transportation officials and lawmakers argued for the state’s last big transportation measure, the $2.5 billion Oregon Transportation Investment Act of 2003, they often pointed to an alarming number of cracks in concrete bridge decks. Source: Oregon Local News – Bridge crack fix spawned more fissures

Goslings cause I-5 traffic jam

A family of geese and goslings caused a Monday morning traffic jam on Interstate 5 before being herded safely off the roadway. “It was a happy ending for the family of geese,” said Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Gary Leaming. Source: Goslings cause I-5 traffic jam

Public meeting to tackle project

ODOT to hear concerns related to I-84 project in Ladd Canyon Travelers going east on Interstate 84 from La Grande know the hazards of Ladd Canyon all too well. But help is on the way, and a public meeting will offer details of an improvement project years in the making. Source: Public meeting to tackle […]
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Oregon’s Proposed $8.2 Billion Transportation Package Includes Some Shaky Assumptions About Traffic Jams

The state’s population and economy expanded dramatically even as Oregonians drove fewer miles. This week, the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization rolled out an ambitious plan to spend $8.2 billion in new tax money on Oregon’s roads, which seem to be increasingly congested, and its bridges, which are just plain old. Source: […]
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