Salem— The Oregon Transportation Commission has recognized the successful completion of Stage 1 of the Oregon Department of Transportation's OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program. The approximately $70 million of work in Stage 1 replaced 19 bridges and repaired two, from Mount Hood in the north to Klamath Falls in the south and east to Burns.
The Mount Hood-to-Chemult project was the largest design-build project in ODOT history, replacing 10 bridges along a 200-mile stretch of Oregon 224, U.S. 26 and U.S. 97. ODOT completed the $35-million project in 2-1/2 years. The project broke records when contractors installed the biggest precast, prestressed concrete beams ever used in Oregon.
There are five stages in the $1.3-billion OTIA III bridge program, improving nearly 300 Oregon bridges. The OTIA III program is part of the ODOT's 10-year, $3-billion Oregon Transportation Investment Act. OTIA funds will repair or replace hundreds of bridges, pave and maintain city and county roads, improve and expand interchanges, add new capacity to Oregon's highway system, and remove freight bottlenecks statewide.