OACES Newsletter for Nov. 28, 2023


Upcoming OACES Meetings:

  • OACES Virtual Meeting - Dec. 14
View the 2023 OACES Meeting Schedule

AOC Annual Conference Draws More Than 500 Attendees to Eugene

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2023 AOC Annual Conference earlier this month. This year's conference, which was held Nov. 14 through 16 in Eugene, drew more than 500 attendees from across the state, providing opportunities to learn from one another, make connections, and build relationships.

As part of the conference, OACES held a regular meeting, during which members received a funding presentation from ODOT staff. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can download the "Structural Challenges in Funding and Maintaining the Transportation System," slideshow here.

In addition, OACES members also led a panel discussion, "The County Road System: Regional Perspectives and Priorities," which focused on the diverse systems of roads and bridges in counties across the state. The slideshow from the discussion can be viewed and downloaded here.

Conference Materials

All presentation materials from the conference will be uploaded and available here. In addition to the session presentations, Speaker Brian Miller's slides, resources, and his book, "Three New People," are available to download.

Conference Photos

Headshots and event photos will be uploaded here as they are available.

The final OACES meeting of 2023, will be held virtually, Dec. 14. The meeting agenda will soon be available on the OACES Conference & Meeting page.

Join NACE 2024 in Palm Springs, April 15-18

Join your colleagues nationwide at the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) Conference and Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, Calif., April 16-19!

Registration is now open. Early-bird discount on all delegate registrations ends March 8, 2024.

OACES hopes to have a strong Oregon delegation attending NACE this year. If you or your county need financial support to attend you are encouraged to apply or nominate fellow OACES members for the Education & Leadership Scholarship Program.

Multnomah County's Larch Mountain Road Reopens After 3 Months of FLAP Construction Project

After three months of construction, Multnomah

County has successfully paved and repaired seven miles of E. Larch Mountain Road, which is the highest road in the county’s jurisdiction and heavily used for recreation in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. The road is now open until its regularly scheduled snow closure this winter.

The $5.1 million project, funded largely by the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP), was one of the largest Multnomah County Transportation repaving and road infrastructure investments this fiscal year.

Road crews repaired and repaved E. Larch Mountain Road between mileposts 7 and 14, starting east of S.E. Red Elder Drive. In addition, they also replaced guardrails and restriped the road. The newly paved road will provide safer access for everyone who uses it to seek out and enjoy hiking trails and breathtaking views — whether they walk, ride a bicycle or drive.

To learn more, please view the commemorative video from last month's reopening celebration or read the full press release from Multnomah County. For information on this and other county road projects, please visit Multnomah County's Roads webpage.

Federal Lands Highway Division FLAP Program, Partner Stakeholders, Issue Final Report on the Oregon Coast Trail Action Plan

After more than three years of collaboration between the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), the Association of Oregon Counties, Oregon Solutions, and FHWA Western Federal Lands, as well as input from various federal and state land managers, local governments, and trail advocates the Oregon Coast Trail Action Plan is now complete and available online.

The plan features an assessment of the current system conditions, trail gap recommended solutions, facility and wayfinding improvements, a funding toolkit, and implementation actions. In addition, the plan also includes appendices with all of the supporting memoranda from plan development, conceptual designs, engagement activities, and government documents. To learn more, click on the resources listed below:

  1. Oregon Coast Trail Action Plan (Final Report)
  2. Oregon Coast Trail Action Plan (Appendices)
  3. Project Website


If you have questions or comments about the new Oregon Coast Action Plan, please reach out to FHWA Transportation Planner Cole Grisham at [email protected].

USDOT Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) regularly publishes Notice for Funding Opportunities (NOFO) as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

At this time, there are not many current open USDOT transportation program grants. For a full and updated list of open NOFO’s and to prepare for upcoming grant notices, checkout the NACo - Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Guide

Technical assistance resources:

  • Prepare for upcoming Discretionary Grant Opportunities! USDOT is hosting a webinar Dec. 5 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EST to spotlight a new Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) Tool developed by the Department and the updated Rural Grant Application Toolkit. Staff from the Office of the Secretary will provide a walkthrough of each. Register here to attend the webinar. Visit the USDOT Navigator webinars page to view slides and recordings from past webinars. If you'd like to learn more about BCAs, check out this DOT Navigator BCA resource.

Please contact AOC County Road Program Director Brian Worley with any questions about USDOT grant funding opportunities.


CUG Annual Meeting to be Held Dec. 5

The Certification User Group (CUG) will hold its annual meeting next month with a focus on providing program updates, conducting policy and funding reviews, and offering vital training and network opportunities.

  • Theme: Partnering on Federal Project Delivery
  • When: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023 
  • Where: In-person at Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry (Salem, OR); or Virtual Attendance
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

If you are interested in attending the meeting, online registration is now open. You can view a draft of the meeting agenda here.

For questions or more information, please contact ODOT Certification

FHWA Info Technology Web Portal for Assessing Bridge and Pavement Conditions Now Available

Nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques, which enable inspectors to gather critical information about the condition of bridge decks and pavement without the need for coring and other destructive testing, are becoming increasingly important for the assessment and maintenance of highway infrastructure.

To help highway infrastructure asset owners stay current on developing and refined NDE technologies, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) NDE Program has developed the InfoTechnology web portal.

InfoTechnology provides concise information about NDE technologies for the assessment of highway infrastructure. It is a problem-focused tool that helps practitioners and asset owners select the most applicable and recommended technology based on the target of investigation. This web portal provides information on the available technologies for detecting and characterizing a specific issue; allows for a better understanding of the technologies and methods of analysis; and describes limitations and advantages of NDE methods.

If you would like to learn more, please visit FHWA's InfoTechnology web portal, or contact Dr. Hoda Azari, NDE Research Program Manager.

New FHWA Webinar on Federal Requirements for Transportation Grants

The Federal Highway Administration recently held a webinar to provide local and Tribal agencies with information on the federal requirements for applying for transportation funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Approximately $567 billion is available across all transportation modes over five years, with about $351 billion of that for highway-specific programs.

Training topics covered in the webinar include:

  • funding opportunities;
  • federal project delivery requirements;
  • steps to take prior to an application;
  • pre-award requirements, and;
  • resources to leverage throughout the federal project and grant application processes. 

A recording of the webinar is now available. To view the webinar, please visit BIL's Local Aid Support website. The passcode to view the webinar is: ?TuxV9sX.

For questions, please contact FHWA Local Aid Support Program Manager Hans Anker.

County Engineering, Road Department, and Surveyor Jobs

The AOC job posting page provides counties and other government organizations with a platform to advertise job opportunities while also providing a resource for job seekers looking for a new challenge.

Current engineering, road department, and surveyor postings include:

Find out more specifics for each position and how to apply on the AOC jobs postings page. If you have an open job listing to post for your county, please contact [email protected].

Jackson County is Hiring Engineers!

Jackson County Roads, Engineering Division is recruiting for several engineering positions, including:

Please visit the Jackson County website for minimum requirements and additional information.

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