Highway/Heavy/Utility Contractors Council

The Highway/Heavy/Utility Contractors Council was formed to provide a forum for issues of unique significance to heavy/civil/highway contractors. The leadership of this council works regularly with the leadership of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

The council is open to any heavy/civil/highway contractor members. Interested members can also volunteer to participate in sub-groups that include: roads, bridges, specialty, and administration. If you are interested in joining the Highway Council please contact Council Chair Ric Miller.

View Highway/Heavy/Utility Contractors Council Charter.

Core Objectives

Develop Additional Opportunities for Highway Council Member Involvement

  • AGC/ODOT annual meeting
  • Workgroup opportunities on specific issues

ODOT Relations

  • Continue meetings with ODOT leadership: ODOT director, deputy director—Highway Division, etc., to discuss issues of importance to the industry
  • Continue ODOT/AGC leadership group to improve communication and ODOT practices
  • Work with ODOT as OTIA III projects come online: provide feedback and participate in task forces to provide industry feedback.
  • Continue to work with ODOT committees/leadership to move AGC issues forward and ensure timely resolution to issues of concern.


  • Work with other highway-related groups to move issues of mutual concern forward (OCAPA/APAO—Construct by Contract, OCAPA—Aggregate Sourcing, etc.)


  • Work with ODOT or others to provide additional trainings as needed.

Highway/Heavy/Utility Contractors Council Minutes

If you would like copies of meeting minutes or materials, please send your request to John Rakowitz.

AGC | ODOT Annual Meeting

The 2020 AGC|ODOT Annual Meeting was held Friday, February 24, with presentations covering a wide range of issues.

The morning session kicked off with a message from the Oregon Transportation Commission, updates from Portland Metro, and an overview from ODOT on the implementation of the 2017 Transportation Package. The I-205 and Astoria Waterfront projects were highlighted along with work zone safety and environmental permitting. To end the day, we heard from Larry Gescher on the application of 2019’s diesel regulation legislation. Kris Stricker, ODOT’s new director, and AGC’s Walt Gamble spoke on the partnership between AGC and ODOT concluded the day.

We thank Ric Miller, Chair of AGC’s Highway/Heavy/Utility Contractors Council for his hard work on this year’s successful conference.

We have listed presentations from the day below:

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Need more information?

Contact John Rakowitz, Director of Public and Strategic Affairs, for more information.