Workforce and Business Opportunities

Information for Contractors

ODOT is committed to working with our industry partners. The project team is currently hosting constructability review meetings and contractor briefings to provide information to interested contractors and gather feedback on design, specifications and potential risks.

We are applying to Federal Highway Administration to utilize a pilot program that allows for a local hiring preference. FHWA is offering the program to help states, local communities and the construction industry by providing contracting agencies with the flexibility to use hiring preferences and/or innovative contracting approaches not otherwise authorized by law.

View a PowerPoint about our application »

Pilot program information: Federal Register—Enhancing Highway Workforce Development Opportunities Contracting Initiative »

Past meeting materials, including meeting summaries and Q&A, are listed below. Links to future meetings will be provided as they are available.

DBE/Workforce Development Approach

ODOT encourages Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) to participate in contracts through the Civil Rights Program. ODOT is implementing numerous strategies to position DBEs for success and build a pipeline for future minority workers on the I-205 Improvements Project. ODOT is hosting “Meet the Primes” matchmaking DBE events. In addition, to further DBE program goals, we will ask the project contractor to provide small business capacity strengthening, technical assistance and performance metrics.

COBID-certified DBEs include small businesses that are at least 51% owned by:

  • People who identify as Black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian-Pacific Islander or Subcontinental Asian
  • Women and other individuals on a case-by-case basis

Visit ODOT’s Office of Civil Rights DBE webpage for more information.

Potential DBE Construction Opportunities

ODOT has identified over 100 potential DBE and small business construction opportunities as part of the project.

Potential Opportunities »

Read about the project’s DBE approach and workforce opportunities »

Meetings and Materials

Upcoming Meetings

Meet the Primes Virtual Meeting #2: October 21, 2021, 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Zoom meeting ID: 992 4119 8097

Passcode: 993606  |  Click to register » (Deadline October 20)

By phone: +1 253-215-8782 PST, United States, Portland

We are hosting a networking session for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and workforce providers to meet potential prime contractors, hear about upcoming ODOT construction opportunities and the I-205 Improvements Project. All interested prime contractors and subcontractors are invited to attend.

Past Meetings

Meet the Primes Virtual Meeting: July 22, 2021, 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Zoom meeting ID: 925 7731 0451

Passcode: 061654  |  Click to join »

By phone: +1 253-215-8782 PST, United States, Portland

We are hosting a networking session for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and workforce providers to meet prime contractors, hear about upcoming ODOT construction opportunities, and the project.

Phase 1A Constructability Review and One-on-One Meetings: July 12–13, 2021

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the constructability of Phase 1A, which includes the Abernethy Bridge and OR 99E and OR 43 Interchanges. We want your feedback on: bridge translation; traffic control plan—closures, detours, etc; temporary work bridges and access and navigation channel; and drilled shafts. The project will be advertised in December 2021 with bid award in March 2022.

Who Should Attend?

Prime contractors interested in learning more. All contractors are welcome to attend and participate. A separate event for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) to meet with prime contractors will be held on Thursday, July 22, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Meeting Flyer »

Phase 1A Fact Sheet for Contractors »

Phase 1A Constructability Review Presentation  »

Minority Contractors Task Force Meeting, July 9


Constructability Review: July 12, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Join Microsoft Teams (computer or mobile):

Click here to join the meeting »

Or call in (audio only):

+1 971-277-1965, 550695635#

United States, Portland | ID: 550 695 635#


Phase 1A Constructability Review Materials

One-on-One Meetings: July 12 and 13

Schedule a One-on-One meeting to provide input on Phase 1A. Email by Wednesday, July 7 to request a 60–90-minute time slot.

  • July 12: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • July 13: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors Constructability Review: May 21, 2021, 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the contracting and construction of the drilled shaft foundations for the Abernethy Bridge, as part of the I-205 Improvements project. Participants provided feedback on shaft construction; work bridge and access; sequence and schedule; and qualifications and contracting.

Constructability Review – April 2, 2021

The project team hosted a Constructability Review Meeting with participation from construction industry partners to receive input on proposed design, specifications, and potential risks. The intent of the meeting was to provide information to interested contractors and subcontractors, communicate TERO program requirements and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) participation goals, and solicit input from industry on the project.  This input most notably resulted in Phase 1 being broken out into smaller bid packages.