Highway/Heavy/Utility Contractors Council

Highway/Heavy/Utility Contractors CouncilThe 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 contract 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 John Rakowitz.  

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Highway Council SubGroups

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.

2016 AGC/ODOT Annual Meeting Presentations

2016 Presentations

Governor’s Transportation Initiatives

Oregon Transportation Commission

Commissioner Tammy Baney, Chair Oregon Transportation Commission presentation
ODOT Funding Outlook Paul Mather, Highway Division Administrator, ODOT

Trevor Sleeman, Sr. Federal Affairs Advisory, ODOT

ODOT Funding Outlook presentation
Office of Civil Rights Updates Angela Ramos, Civil Rights Manager, ODOT Office of Civil Rights Update presentation
Workforce Development Steve Malany, President, P & C Construction Company, AGC Workforce and Professional Development Committee

Nate McCoy, Executive Director National Association of Minority Contractors, Oregon

Workforce Development presentation
Engineering Development Thomas Lauer, Chief Technical Services Branch Engineer and Manager, ODOT

Ron Singh, Chief of Surveys and Engineering Automation Manager, ODOT

Engineering Development presentation_PART ONE

Engineering Devlopment presentation_PART TWO

Construction Section Updates Joe Squire, State Construction and Materials Engineer, ODOT  Construction Section Updates presentation
OReGO Travis Brouwer, Assistant Director, ODOT
Work Zone Safety and Speed Reduction Efforts

Traffic and Roadway, ADA Ramps and Crash Worthy Devices

Bob Pappe, Traffic and Roadway Engineer, ODOT

Brian Gray, President Oregon Operations, Knife River

Work Zone Safety presentations