John Barnhouse, Administrator
The Planning and Engineering administrative area is where our 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 would include other ODOT work units, local public agencies, metropolitan planning organizations and others. Projects are then prioritized based on need and funding capabilities for 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). Planning and Engineering is then accountable for delivering contract plans from the planning stage to the construction stage.
This can include activities in any of the following major areas of responsibility:
- Plan Development
- Contract Administration of externally developed plans
- Utility Relocation
After completion of a field review, the project is given to Production for contract plan development. Depending upon schedule, work load and complexity, it is determined whether the plans should be performed internally by Production or externally via a consultant under contract to ODOT.
The Real Estate administration’s duties, within Production, include property acquisition with a project, property appraisal, purchase and may include legal proceedings.
In addition, Production assists Planning with preliminary design and Highway Management with technical assistance for maintenance work and commercial drive permits.
Planning and Engineering also provides assistance to Local Public Agencies during the developmental process.