Oregon DOT launches new office to address congestion, mobility issues

The work of the new office will include active development of a tolling and congestion pricing program

January 21, 2020
traffic management; traffic congestion

The Oregon DOT (ODOT) is creating a new office to focus on developing comprehensive solutions to congestion, access, and mobility issues. 

This new focus responds to public and stakeholder feedback and aligns with the visions of the Oregon Transportation Commission and ODOT Director Kris Strickler for the future of the transportation system.

ODOT says the newly formed Office of Urban Mobility and Mega Project Delivery is a key part of this comprehensive approach. While its work will continue to evolve, the office will immediately focus on developing and delivering innovative solutions for comprehensive congestion relief as directed by recent state legislation.

“The creation of this office not only signals ODOT’s commitment to addressing congestion on all fronts, but signals our new way of doing business," Strickler said in a statement. "The agency will enhance its efforts to grow beyond just a highway department into an organization focused on providing transportation options for all users, making decisions through the lens of social equity, and ensuring equitable access to transportation choices and economic opportunities for communities and individuals across our state."

The work of the new office will include delivery of the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project, the I-205 and Abernethy Bridge Project, and active development of a tolling and congestion pricing program to meet the region’s immediate needs. According to ODOT, these projects are just the beginning as this office will lead on the region’s greatest transportation challenges as the department moves to provide greater access, options, and reliability to the transportation network in the region.

ODOT has appointed a director, deputy director, and tolling program manager to lead the new office.