Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill Includes Nearly $8 Million for Oregon Infrastructure Projects
Washington D.C. - Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that nearly $8 million for infrastructure and job creation throughout Oregon will be included in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Senate Appropriations bill. Projects in the spending bill will create construction and other jobs that come with replacing or improving outdated bridges, improving traffic flow, protecting Southern Oregon's fishing industry and addressing traffic hazards that threaten public safety.
Also included in the bill is over $74 million for the final installment of the South Corridor Light Rail Project(MAX Green Line) in Multnomah and Clackamas counties, scheduled to open September 12.
"Rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure is a win - win for job creation and public safety," said Merkley. "These funds will help create jobs, repair our aging roads and bridges, alleviate traffic congestion and, most importantly, keep our citizens safe."
"To have a first-rate economy, you need a first-rate transportation system," Wyden said. "Improving roads, bridges, mass transit and other similar projects helps create that high quality system along with high-paying, family-wage construction jobs - the kinds of jobs we need to rebuild our economy."
The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill must still pass the full Senate, merge with the House bill, and be signed into law by the President before funds become available.
Projects in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill include:
Columbia River Crossing - $2,000,000
Funds will be used to reduce congestion, promote safety, and increase accessibility for drivers, transit, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Sellwood Bridge (Multnomah County) Replacement Project - $1,300,000
Funds will be used for the final design of a new bridge across the Willamette River in Southeast Portland.
Redmond 5th and 6th Street Construction - $800,000
Funds will be used to remove and replace degraded pavement, curbs, and sidewalks.
U.S. Highway 97 and J Street Intersection Project in Madras - $700,000
Funds will be used to ensure a safe and efficient flow of interstate traffic through the intersection.
Pendleton Round-Up Facilities - $500,000
Funds will be used to improve facilities for the rodeo, which generates over $20 million annually for the county.
Newberg-Dundee Transportation Project - $400,000
Funds will be used to reduce congestion by routing traffic flow away from the downtown area.
Port of Coos Bay Dock Equipment - $350,000
Funds will be used to purchase new dock equipment for commercial fishing vessels critical to the local economy.
Albany 53rd Avenue Bridge and Roadway Extension Project - $300,000
Funds will be used for roadway extension to reduce traffic and increase public safety.
Klamath Falls Brett Way Extension - $300,000
Funds will be used to extend Brett Way and create a new intersection to improve public safety.
Hines Street Rehabilitation Project - $300,000
Funds will be used to repair degraded streets in the city of Hines.
Ontario Railroad Underpass Rehabilitation and Reconstruction - $300,000
Funds will be used to redesign and reconstruct an underpass.
Corvallis Highway 99 widening project - $300,000
Funds will be used to widen Highway 99 to increase public safety.
Moro 4th Street Improvement Project - $126,076
Funds will be used to widen 4th street and include paved shoulders, curb and gutters, and improve drainage.
Silverton Senior and Disabled Transportation Service - $39,429
Funds will be used to purchase an ADA accessible van, reducing maintenance and operating costs.