The Oregon DOT received a FHWA Environmental Excellence Award in recognition of its Bridge Replacement Environmental Stewardship Program, which includes the Sandy River Bridge. Photo: ODOT

The Oregon DOT (ODOT) has received the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Environmental Excellence Award for Environmental Streamlining. The award recognizes ODOT's Bridge Replacement Environmental Stewardship Program, a unique approach to managing replacement and repair of highway bridges throughout the state. ODOT, in the process of building and repairing more than 300 aging bridges with $1.3 billion from the 2003 Oregon Legislature, created the program to address environmental issues while saving time and money.

“Oregon's bridge replacement program carries forward the U.S. DOT's commitment to a high-quality transportation system and a healthy environment,” said FHWA administrator Mary E. Peters.

For more information on the award, and for updated information on highway work and current travel information throughout Oregon, visit