July 18, 2013 For More Information:
Rick Little, Public Information Officer, (541) 726-2442 or (541) 505-2069 (mobile)
Two celebrations, one goal: Improved travel options for Oregonians
--Interstate 5 bridge opening ceremony: Whilamut Passage Bridge
--Ribbon-cutting will officially “welcome” Oregon’s new 13-car trainsets
EUGENE-SPRINGFIELD—The Oregon Department of Transportation is hosting two special celebrations on Friday, July 26, with numerous representatives from local, state, regional and national organizations expected on hand, all to commemorate completion of projects that improve and expand travel options for Oregonians.
Opening of the Whilamut Passage Bridge
This is a celebration of the new Interstate 5 bridge over the Willamette River. (The northbound bridge will open in August.)
Congressman Peter DeFazio, Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, ODOT Director Matthew Garrett and other distinguished guests will celebrate the completion of the Interstate 5 Whilamut Passage Bridge.
Getting there for media:
Media parking and shuttle service to the event will be available at the Hamilton Construction Co. project office at 3001 Franklin Blvd. Please RSVP to reserve a parking spot and shuttle ride.
“Welcome to Oregon, new trains!” ribbon-cutting and celebration
We will officially welcome Oregon’s first state-owned regular passenger service trains with a ribbon-cutting, guest speakers, refreshments, giveaways and “sneak peeks” at one of the new 13-car trainsets.
Congressman Peter DeFazio, State Representative Nancy Nathanson, Eugene City Mayor Kitty Piercy (who also chairs the Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Committee), ODOT Director Matthew Garrett and other distinguished guests will celebrate the addition of Oregon’s own trains, manufactured by Talgo, to the Amtrak Cascades corridor.
Parking for media:
Parking for the public:
For more event information, visit http://oregontalgotrains.eventbrite.com/.
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The OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program is part of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s $3 billion Oregon Transportation Investment Act. OTIA funds are repairing or replacing hundreds of bridges, paving and maintaining city and county roads, improving and expanding interchanges, adding new capacity to Oregon’s highway system and removing freight bottlenecks statewide. Based on recent estimates, about 12.5 family-wage jobs are sustained for every $1 million spent on transportation construction in Oregon. Through 2012, the bridge program has sustained more than 20,000 jobs. Overall, the program will create or sustain approximately 22,000 jobs.