The Transportation Planning and Engineering administrative area is where projects are planned based on road and bridge condition data, input from Highway Management and requests from other governmental agencies. All studies and preliminary engineering are performed in this area. During the project initiation, all affected entities are involved in the project scoping process. These groups include other ODOT work units, local public agencies, metropolitan planning organizations and others. Projects are then prioritized based on need and funding capabilities or the incorporation into the annual work plan. The annual work plan is utilized to develop the district Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a key component of the department's four year federally-approved State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The Planning and Engineering administrative area is accountable for delivering contract plans from the planning stage to the construction stage. All projects are programmed into ELLIS, which is used to document and track project development.
The following work units fall under the responsibility of the Planning & Engineering Administration area: