Goals & Objectives
Avert a major bridge failure.
Public safety: prevent loss of life that would result from catastrophic bridge failure.
Bolster transportation system reliability: Increase the ability of bridges in the Klamath Falls Area to withstand both local and Cascadia earthquakes
Facilitate economic recovery: Maintaining a viable U.S. 97 will be vital to Oregon’s response to a Cascadia earthquake by supporting movement of goods and services that will be needed to rebuild damaged structures and resume normal economic activity.
Mobility: provide a safe and efficient transportation system for all modes of travel, including local trips, through trips on the highway, emergency services, and freight.
Financial Responsibility and Transparency: Use resources efficiently and invest in infrastructure that will serve the community and statewide highway for years to come.
Community Trust & Confidence: instill confidence in the community that ODOT and the State of Oregon are proactively addressing and mitigating the threat of a Cascadia Subduction event.
Complete South U.S. 97 bundle of U.S. 97 bridges. The effective completion of the first major leg of Oregon’s 50-year comprehensive seismic bridge resiliency project will represent an important milestone when Oregon has its first seismically retrofitted north-south route.
Minimize construction and traffic impacts. Accommodate local residents and businesses by planning effective construction routes. In one case, a temporary bridge will be built next to one being replaced to reduce impacts on the local community.
Increase awareness and education of Oregonians with respect to earthquake risk and preparedness. It is important that citizens understand the threat a major earthquake poses and understand the appropriate response proposed by ODOT Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission(OSSPAC), and State of Oregon, and raise general awareness of earthquake preparedness in Oregon.
Provide a transportation network. This network accommodates local, commuter, and regional traffic, including freight movements along U.S. 97.