How to Repair Hundreds of Bridges Under Budget: Lessons from Oregon

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Bruce is the founder of ProjectManagementHacks.com, a resource for growing IT project managers.

Decaying infrastructure is a significant problem across the world. According a 2013 report card issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers, America’s bridges received a C+ grade, a grade lower than many other infrastructure categories. ASCE estimates the average age of America’s bridges at 42 years old. The problem goes beyond mere age: ASCE describes one in nine American bridges as “structurally deficient.” The prospect of damage and death from bridges looms large.

Fortunately, this is an infrastructure problem that calls on the unique talents of project managers and engineers to address. The state of Oregon deserves recognition for its success in repairing and replacing hundreds of bridges through the 2000s. In 2015, the Oregon Transportation Investment Act III State Bridge Delivery Program (OTIA) was listed as a finalist for the PMI Project of the Year Award. The program’s achievements, methods and overall approach represent a significant innovation. There’s plenty to learn from Oregon’s experience, even if your work has nothing to do with bridges or infrastructure.

The Program at a Glance
In operation for over 10 years, the Oregon State Bridge Delivery Program represents one of the largest programs carried out in the state.

  • Program Budget: $1.3 billion (actual spend …

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