The Oregon Department of Transportation will receive more than $ 1 billion in additional transportation funding under the federal infrastructure program.
The money will go to projects across the state that will benefit drivers, transit users, cyclists and pedestrians, help maintain roads and bridges, and fight climate change.
We always analyze the legislation to determine exactly how much funding ODOT will receive and where it will spend the money. Many projects are ready for construction, and others are in the final planning stages, so we should be able to move quickly.
We plan to release further details this week and will hold a press conference for members of the media to address the department leadership. We will announce the details of this press conference soon.
Oregon Transportation Commission Chairman Bob Van Brocklin issued the following statement on the passage of the bill:
âLast weekend, Congress completed work on the largest infrastructure finance bill in history. Once signed by the President, the $ 1.2 trillion bill will enable ODOT to address a number of major challenges in our state.
âThe Oregon Transportation Commission and ODOT will lead these funds, along with state funding from the Oregon Legislature, to make real progress on Oregon’s transportation priorities. More specifically, some $ 1.2 billion will be allocated to our state over the next five years for the construction and maintenance of highways and bridges, improving safety, investments in public transport, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, electric vehicle charging stations and efforts to reduce carbon emissions from transportation sources. .
âThese resources will help us tackle congestion, which is increasing in our urban areas as the state’s population continues to grow; freight mobility, earthquake recovery preparedness, passenger rail transport and other elements of the global mobility system that we seek to create. All of this work will focus on improving our economy, our environment, and the quality of life for everyone in Oregon. By working together, we can realize this vision.
âIn anticipation of this major new commitment at the federal level, starting in 2020, the Oregon Transportation Commission and ODOT began working on a number of changes to create a modern transportation system that prioritizes equity, climate, security and the provision of reliable transport. options to meet the diverse needs of our citizens and businesses across the state. These early efforts position us to quickly invest the federal funds we receive and the additional funds we will seek from the new and ongoing federal grant programs authorized by the bill passed by Congress last weekend.
âThe Oregon Transportation Commission and ODOT are deeply grateful for the hard work of our federal delegation in making this historic legislation a reality. We look forward to putting these new resources to work in building a better future for the people of Oregon.