The Oregon and Washington Departments of Transportation are jointly leading the Interstate Bridge Replacement program work in collaboration with eight other bi-state partner agencies. This program work will be shaped by the direction and timelines established by the governors, legislatures, and transportation commissions, and will work closely with federal partners, permitting agencies, state and local elected officials, tribal governments, community stakeholders and the public.
Following a national recruitment process with input from agency partners and local stakeholders, ODOT and WSDOT selected Gregory C. Johnson as the program administrator to lead the replacement program on behalf of both states. Greg is authorized to act on behalf of both ODOT and WSDOT and is equally responsible to both states. Having a single program administrator responsible to both states will help ensure that the program’s direction is consistent and unified as work progresses. Greg has a strong engineering background, demonstrated leadership skills, previous work experience on major infrastructure and bi-state projects, and a dedication to authentic community engagement. Greg also brings well-rounded expertise in both the public and private sectors.
Bi-state coordination and committee
The Washington State legislature established a joint committee with the authorization of Washington State SSB 5806 The committee was named the Joint Oregon-Washington Legislative Action Committee. The bill invited the Oregon Legislature to participate, at which point Oregon formed the Joint Interim Committee on the Interstate Bridge. The combined committees, referred to as the bi-state legislative committee, comprises 16 members, eight from each state.
Ongoing bi-state legislative involvement will be essential to successfully complete the planning and design process and move to construction. Direction from the bi-state legislative committee members will shape program work by providing initial framework and guidance on the approach to developing key program decisions, reviewing and providing feedback on progress, and evaluating outcomes.
Washington Legislative Members
- Co-Chair, Senator Annette Cleveland
- Representative Jake Fey
- Representative Paul Harris
- Senator Steve Hobbs
- Senator Ann Rivers
- Co-Chair, Representative Brandon Vick
- Co-Chair, Senator Lynda Wilson
- Co-Chair, Representative Sharon Wylie
Oregon Legislative Members
- Co-Chair, Senator Lee Beyer
- Senator Brian Boquist
- Senator Lynn Findley
- Senator Lew Frederick
- Representative Shelly Boshart Davis
- Co-Chair, Representative Susan McLain
- Representative Karin Power
- Representative Greg Smith
Program partners have a direct role in any future improvements due to their position as an owner, operator, policymaker, regulatory agency or public economic development entity reliant on direct access to operations within the Interstate Bridge area.
Regional Agency Partners
Due to the magnitude and complexity of a bi-state bride replacement program, it is critical that key agency partners have a shared understanding of how to work together. Beginning in the winter of 2019 ODOT and WSDOT reengaged the following regional entities central to program development.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will oversee the Federal environmental review process, as defined by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and may have a funding role if federal funding sources are identified. These agencies are responsible for ensuring that the program complies with the requirements of NEPA along with other applicable federal regulations.
Other federal agencies will have regulatory oversight in the program, including: