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The Oregon Legislature appropriated $10 million for the transportation agency to organize and fund operation expenses. The necessity for transportation investment was clear: Oregon in 1913 contained 25 miles of paved roads and 14,000 automobiles. Muddy trails that served horse-drawn wagons and stagecoaches were not sufficient.

McCullough video celebrates agency’s 100th anniversary One hundred years ago Oregonians created their own State Highway Department under the slogan “Getting Oregon Out of the Mud.”

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Stream restoration Last year, ODOT removed a fish ladder downstream from the culvert under Lampman Road, which runs parallel to I-5. That work also reconstructed a 75-yard stretch of the Kane Creek channel, adding rocks and root wads to mimic the natural

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That same year, in a speech to the Oregon Legislature, Governor Oswald West proclaimed ocean beaches, from Columbia River to the California state line, public highways. The prudence being beaches would provide the public with miles of highway without the cost of construction to the public. continued on page 17

“The cost to build the project with prefabricated components instead of an extended construction schedule was about the same,” said Randleman. “The design team opted for the faster schedule to reduce traffic impacts.”


Counties were responsible for improving their main highway routes; the department assisted in surveying and engineering construction operations. Construction of the Pacific Highway began in Jackson County.

stream conditions that help steelhead and other fish migrate to the upper reaches of the stream. The project’s multiple benefits garnered support from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as well as local stakeholders. “The stream restoration project gave fish more opportunities to reach the upper portions of Kane Creek,” said ODOT Environmental Coordinator Jerry Vogt. “Before that project, fish were limited to a few high-water events to move upstream.”