The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is developing a new focus on comprehensive solutions to congestion, access and mobility issues, which affect quality of life and economic health far beyond the Portland metro area. This new focus responds to public and stakeholder feedback and aligns with the visions of the Oregon Transportation Commission and ODOT Director Kris Strickler for the future of the transportation system.
ODOT’s newly formed Office of Urban Mobility and Mega Project Delivery (OUMMPD) is a key part of that comprehensive approach. While its work will continue to evolve, the office will immediately focus on developing and delivering innovative solutions for comprehensive congestion relief as directed by the Legislature in HB 2017.
ODOT Director Kris Strickler laid out his vision for the new office, saying “The creation of this office not only signals ODOT’s commitment to addressing congestion on all fronts, but signals our new way of doing business,” said Strickler. “The agency will enhance its efforts to grow beyond just a highway department into an organization focused on providing transportation options for all users, making decisions through the lens of social equity and ensuring equitable access to transportation choices and economic opportunities for communities and individuals across our state.”
The work of the new OUMMPD will include delivery of the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project, the I-205 and Abernethy Bridge Project, and active development of a tolling and congestion pricing program to meet the region’s immediate needs.
According to Strickler, these projects are just the beginning; the OUMMPD will take the lead on the region’s greatest transportation challenges as ODOT moves to provide greater access, options and reliability to the transportation network in the region.
ODOT recently announced the three individuals who will lead the effort:
Director, Office of Urban Mobility and Mega Project Delivery —
Brendan Finn most recently served as the transportation policy advisor for Gov. Kate Brown. Finn spent 19 years at the City of Portland, rising to chief of staff for Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversaw the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
Finn will make the transition into this role on March 1.
Deputy Director, Office of Urban Mobility and Mega Project Delivery —
Della Mosier has over 20 years of transportation experience in the private and public sector, with the last 10 years in various roles at ODOT. She most recently held leadership roles in the ODOT’s Bend office and has assisted multiple efforts in the Portland office the past year.
Mosier will immediately begin the transition into this new role.
Tolling Program Manager
Lucinda Broussard has more than 20 years of tolling experience and most recently led tolling programs in Georgia and Washington.
Broussard will join ODOT and this new position situated in the Office of Urban Mobility and Mega Project Delivery on Feb. 1.
The new leadership team will add staff to support their efforts, working with department regional offices to complement ongoing work.