MJ Goofs On ODOT Delay

In today’s MJ, it reported that ODOT should have kept the bridge open while they waited for the parts. And they leave the option hanging like it was a brilliant, unconceived idea. What they neglected to report was the response from ODOT official, Ken Wright, the Planning and Production Administrator.

When asked why ODOT/the contractors didn’t have the replacement parts in hand when they removed the original, Wright replied,

“We thought we did. However, when we took it apart, …we didn’t replace, the part that came out, the exact same part did not go back in. The system is being upgraded. When we took Part A out, we were putting Part B in…When we took some of those parts out, we have found that there were some additional parts that were totally unforeseen. At that point, the bridge wasn’t going up and down, we couldn’t just put all of the old parts back in and make it go up and down. We had some of the new parts in, and there were some new parts that we needed that were not part of the contract. And those parts have been ordered.”

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3 thoughts on “MJ Goofs On ODOT Delay

  1. OMG KEN WRIGHT Planning and Production Administrator. emphasis mine

    When we took some of those parts out, we have found that there were some additional parts that were totally unforeseen. At that point, the bridge wasn’t going up and down, we couldn’t just put all of the old parts back in and make it go up and down.
    MAYBE THE mj DIDN’T WANT TO POINT UP THE FACT THIS MAN IS TALKING OUT THE BACK OF HIS NECK…. again it goes back to unforseen this is and OLD bridge after all that has been workied on for so many years they should know it backwards and forwards…. unmittigated rubbish! pull the other one (leg) Ken it has bells on it then again better not it might fall off)

  2. Thank you for bringing that information to the forefront. What you reported is what I thought I heard, but the MJ confused me. Thanks for letting me know my hearing is just fine.

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