In 2012, the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) and ODOT changed how the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) was developed. The STIP was no longer developed as a collection of projects for specific pools of funding dedicated to specific transportation modes or specialty programs. The STIP was primarily divided into two broad categories: Fix-It and Enhance.
The Fix-It Program funded activities that fixed or preserved the transportation system. The Fix-It project selection process was similar to those used for prior STIPs, as these projects were developed mainly from ODOT management systems that help identify needs based on technical information for things like pavement and bridges.
The Enhance Program funded activities that enhanced, expanded, or improved the transportation system. The Enhance process was a significant change and reflected ODOT’s goal to become a more multi-modal agency and make investment decisions based on the system as a whole, not for each mode or project type separately.
The Fix-It Program included all capital funding categories that maintain or fix ODOT’s portion of the transportation system. The Fix-It program received 76 percent of the statewide funding for the 2016-2018 STIP process. Projects eligible to be funded through the Fix-It Program were divided into Regional and Statewide categories. ODOT Region 1 staff were responsible for recommending projects for funding consideration in the Regional category using information from various data management systems and staff recommendations. Projects in the statewide categories were recommended and selected by ODOT staff at the Salem headquarter office and may or may not fall within the boundaries of Region 1.
- Operations, which includes illumination, signs and signals, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and landslides and rockfalls.
- Pavement preservation
- Safety improvements
- Repairs to bicycle/pedestrian facilities on state routes
- State-owned bridges and culverts
- Interstate maintenance
- Rail-highway crossings
- Fish passages
ODOT staff developed a list of potential projects based on 150% of the available Fix-It Program funding allocation. ODOT staff further refined the Fix-It 150% Lists before presenting the final recommendations to the Oregon Transportation Commission, which selected the final list of projects to be included in the 2015-2018 STIP based on public input and other information submitted by ODOT.
The Enhance Program received 24 percent of the statewide funding programmed for the 2016-2018 STIP process. These funds were allocated to projects through a competitive grant application process. Projects eligible for Enhance funds included:
- Bike/ped facilities on or off the highway right-of-way
- Development STIP (D-STIP): work on projects that will not be ready for construction or implementation within the four years of the STIP
- Modernization projects
- Transportation Enhancement
- Projects eligible for Flexible Funds (bike/ped, transit and Transportation Demand Management projects, plans, programs and services)
- Protective right-of-way purchases
- Public Transportation (capital only, not operations)
- Recreation trails
- Safe Routes to School infrastructure projects
- Scenic byways
- Transportation Demand Management projects
Public agencies, such as cities and counties, were encouraged to submit applications to fund eligible projects with Enhance funds. Non-profit organizations also were encouraged to partner with public agencies on project applications, where applicable. ODOT Region 1 received at total of 97 Enhance applications in November 2012. Subsequently, three of those applications were removed from consideration because they were located outside the Region 1 boundaries or because they didn’t meet the eligibility requirements.
In February 2013, the Region 1 STIP Project Selection Committee voted to include 43 of the applications on the 150% project list, which represents 150% of the available Enhance funding. In September 2013, the Region 1 STIP Project Selection Committee voted to include 25 proposed projects onto the recommended 100% Enhance Project List, which allocated $66 million of available Enhance funding.
The OTC approved the final list of Enhance projects to be included the 2015-2018 STIP based on public input and the recommendations from the Region 1 STIP Project Selection Committee, which included representatives from local governments, public agencies and the citizenry.
The 2015-2018 STIP was approved by the OTC in December 2014 and approved by the US DOT in May 2015. To view the adopted STIP, click here.