Building bridges

| Print |  Email
Articles - October 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012

BY JON BELL


1012 ByTheNumbers StateBridgesDrive, pedal or stroll through Portland and it’s easy to see the City of Roses is also a city of bridges. Between Sellwood and North Portland alone, 11 spans stretch across the Willamette River. Two more are set to connect east and west — a new Sellwood Bridge and TriMet’s new light-rail bridge — and assuming construction begins in 2013, the $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project could replace the Interstate Bridge between Oregon and Washington by 2020. Bridges are key to commerce and transportation throughout Oregon, and maintaining them is constant, something the state’s done over the past nine years through the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program. Here’s a snapshot of the size and scope of bridges in the 10-year program.

2,500+ bridges in the state highway system

365 bridges in the OTIA III program

258 bridges completed since 2003

12 bridges currently under construction

94 bridges deemed OK and removed from initial list

1 bridge in design phase

 

Funding:

$23.7 billion inventory replacement value of state highway bridges

$1.3 billion amount of state funding for bridge repair and replacement in the bridge program

$1.1 billion amount spent on bridge program to date

 

Cost/benefit: 

$123 billion estimated cost to Oregon’s economy had the bridge program not been enacted

$1.2 billion value of contracts awarded to contractors and subs to date

$991 million amount businesses and individuals earned, after taxes, from bridge program since 2003

$20 million savings from diverting materials from landfill over bridge program’s 10-year life

 

Jobs:

23,000 jobs created or sustained through bridge program by 2013

2,200 average number of jobs created or sustained annually through bridge program

 

More Articles

Up on the Roof

September 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER

In 2010 Vanessa Keitges and several investors purchased Portland-based Columbia Green Technologies, a green-roof company. The 13-person firm has a 200% annual growth rate, exports 30% of its product to Canada and received its first infusion of venture capital in 2014 from Yaletown Venture Partners. CEO Keitges, 40, a Southern Oregon native who serves on President Obama’s Export Council, talks about market innovation, scaling small business and why Oregon is falling behind in green-roof construction. 


Read more...

Back to School

September 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE

Oregon is home to an abundance of gritty warehouses reborn as trendy office spaces, as well as crafty hipsters turned entrepreneurs. Does the combination yield an equally bounteous office products sector? Not so much. Occupying the limited desk jockey space are Field Notes, a spinoff of Portland’s Draplin Design Company, and Schuttenworks, known for whittling Apple device stands. For a full complement of keyboard trays, docking stations and mouse pads, check out the GroveMade line, guaranteed to boost the cachet of even the lowliest cubicle drone. 


Read more...

Child care challenge

News
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
0927OHSUhealthystarts-thumbBY KIM MOORE AND LINDA BAKER

Child care in Oregon is expensive and hard to find. We delved into the numbers and talked to a few executives and managers about day care costs, accessibility and work-life balance.


Read more...

Farm in a Box

July/August 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER

Most of the food Americans consume is trucked in from hundreds of miles away. Eric Wilson, co-founder and CEO of Gro-volution, wants to change that. So this past spring, the Air Force veteran and former greenhouse manager started work on an alternative farming system he claims is more efficient than conventional agriculture, and also shortens the distance between the consumer and the farm.


Read more...

Baby. Boom!

September 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER

A new co-working model disrupts office sharing, child care and work-life balance as we know it.


Read more...

Portland’s long-distance bike commuters

The Latest
Monday, August 03, 2015
Matt KellyresizethumbBY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR

Pushing the extreme.


Read more...

Photo Log: Shooting 10 innovators in rural health care

The Latest
Monday, August 03, 2015
007blogBY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

You may have noticed the photos of our rural health innovators departed from the typical Oregon Business aesthetic.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS