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Posts Tagged ‘OR’

Hood River Valley, OR: The Farmer’s Irrigation District

Friday, February 5th, 2016
Hood River Valley, OR: The Farmer’s Irrigation District

The FID’s existing open ditch irrigation system wasn’t reliable, agricultural runoff was causing water quality issues, and the system was wasting water resources. To help solve the issues, the FID used CWSRF loans to pipe and pressurize the irrigation system and to install in-pipe hydroelectric generators. The enhanced system provides irrigators reliable access to water; a range of water-savings irrigation options; and reduced labor costs and conserves six billion gallons of water annually.

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Oregon’s Walking & Biking Plan

Friday, November 20th, 2015
Oregon’s Walking & Biking Plan

The Oregon Department of Transportation wants your input and comment on a large-scale bicycle pedestrian plan for the state of Oregon. It’s not a plan for facilities, but a plan for plans and policies that will eventually include facilities.

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Oregon DOT: Rehabilitating the Historic Siskiyou Rail

Monday, November 2nd, 2015
Oregon DOT: Rehabilitating the Historic Siskiyou Rail

How a 65 mile section of the historic and rugged Siskiyou rail line in southern Oregon and northern California was opened using a mix of public and private funds, including $7 million in federal TIGER funds. Rail construction reopened the line that had been closed since 2008.

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Oregon DOT: Bolting Rocks

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
Oregon DOT: Bolting Rocks

A 150-ton rock is bolted to the face of a cliff to keep the rock from falling to the roadway on Highway 58, eighteen miles east of Oakridge, OR.

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Florence, OR: Underwater Bridge Inspection

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
Florence, OR: Underwater Bridge Inspection

A crew from the Oregon Department of Transportation dons SCUBA tanks to perform an underwater bridge inspection of the U.S. Highway 101 bridge over the Siusilaw River in Florence, Oregon.

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Oregon DOT: 2015 Bridge Condition Report

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
Figure 1. More than half of Oregon’s bridges were built prior to 1970, and more than 1,000 were built during the Interstate-era.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
ODOT’s 2015 Bridge Condition Report summarizes bridge condition ratings on state highways and performance measures based on National Bridge Inventory and ODOT data. As a consistent reference point for evaluation, ODOT uses the bridge conditions snapshot provided annually to the Federal Highway Administration. Data from the April 2015 submittal is the basis of this report.

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Oregon DOT: Update on the Bly Mountain Project

Thursday, September 17th, 2015
Oregon DOT: Update on the Bly Mountain Project

ODOT has made enough progress on the east side of this project to open it to traffic. The contractor is getting ready to shut down for winter and pick up in 2016 for the final work.

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Wilsonville, OR: Aerial Inspection of the Baldock Solar Station

Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Wilsonville, OR: Aerial Inspection of the Baldock Solar Station

Earlier this summer, the Oregon Department of Transportation participated in an aerial inspection of the solar panels at the Baldock Solar Station Array. The inspection was performed by Aerial Inspection Resources, who flew a drone equipped with a high resolution infrared camera that can detect malfunctioning solar cells by the extra heat they emit. PGE owns the nearly 7,000 panel array that is located at the French Prairie Rest Area, south of Wilsonville, and was interested in seeing how they could save time and manpower by inspecting the panels with this type of system.

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Oregon DOT: From Historic Road to Trail

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
Oregon DOT: From Historic Road to Trail

Since 1987, the Oregon Department of Transportation has worked with partners to preserve, enhance and reconnect the Historic Columbia River Highway from an old road to a state trail with international significance. Much work has been accomplished – 63 of the original 73 miles are now open to travel. Only 10 miles are needed to complete the connection.

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The State of Oregon’s Bridges

Monday, June 15th, 2015
minuteOregon bridges aren’t getting any youngerThe

TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA
The average age of these sub-par bridges is 55 years — over the typical design life of 50 years and 14 years older than the average age of all Oregon bridges (41 years old). More than one in twelve Oregon bridges were built before 1948 — which means more than 680 bridges are older than the Korean War and creation of Medicare.

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