Audit says ODOT is misaligned with governing body, commissioners vow change
Change at ODOT seems imminent, but what exactly will it entail?
In Salem, ODOT presents final batch of federal stimulus project decisions
This graph shows a modal breakdown of ODOT’s recommendation for how to spend the state’s remaining $101 million dollars in federal stimulus money.(Graphic: J. Maus/BikePortland)
ODOT/OTC release stimulus funds application, process details
“The OTC also recognizes the need to balance highway needs with other modal needs.”— From a statement released by ODOT today The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC), acting on behalf of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), has announced the application process and more details on how they’ll allocate their remainder of federal stimulus funds. The … Read more
Who’s deciding where our state’s stimulus money goes?
OTC Commissioners: Gail Achterman Michael Nelson Janice Wilson Alan Brown David Lohman See photos/bios below Now that it’s crunch-time for the Oregon Department of Transportation and their Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) to decide on how to spend the infrastructure chunk of our federal stimulus money, I thought you might want to know a little more … Read more
Bike projects expected to compete better in next phase of stimulus funding
State transportation planners are scrambling to get their “shovel ready” projects in order and they’re waiting eagerly by their inboxes this morning. That’s because any day now, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is expected to release the application forms for what they’re calling “Phase II of the Federal Economic Stimulus”. I spoke with ODOT’s … Read more
Group responds to ODOT/OTC stimulus decision: “What went wrong?”
“What went wrong?… The Transportation Commission got heavy pressure from pro-highway legislators, road builders, and Washington County and other local governments looking for road-building money.”— excerpt from a statement set to go out to supporters of Transportation for Oregon’s Future Transportation for Oregon’s Future — a “network of organizations and businesses supporting transportation choices for … Read more
Oregon chooses just one bike/ped project with stimulus funds
Riders will no longer be in the dark on the I-205 bike path.(Photo © J. Maus) On Friday, the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC, a body appointed by Governor Kulongoski) made their final decisions on how to spend $122,592,742 in federal stimulus funds. And, if you remember our report from last week, it seems like their … Read more
Metro urges state to re-think its federal stimulus project list
Chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission, Gail Achterman, is in the driver’s seat on how our statespends its federal stimulus money.(Photos © J. Maus) The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) is meeting this morning in Salem to discuss which infrastructure projects will get built with money from America’s recently passed economic stimulus plan. The OTC is … Read more