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ODOT Invests $46 Million in new Aviation, Rail and Marine Projects Around the State and Locally.

Oregon Department of Transportation

SALEM — The Oregon Transportation Commission approved $46 million in new funding for multimodal transportation projects at their May meeting. The funding is part of Connect Oregon, an initiative established by the 2005 state legislature to invest in non-highway modes of transportation.

For this current round of Connect Oregon grants, ODOT originally received 51 applications for funding. The projects went through a rigorous, multi-step review process. The review process included evaluations by ODOT staff, ODOT economists and Business Oregon Regional Development officers, Regional Solutions Teams, statewide modal committees, Area Commissions on Transportation, and the final review committee.

ODOT ranked the projects based on a number of factors:

  • Access to jobs/labor
  • Reduced transportation costs
  • Economic benefits to state
  • Critical link for system
  • Readiness
  • Required match
  • Useful life
  • Proximity to mining aggregate
  • Geographic mix
  • Equity
  • Climate/GHG impacts

The 21 projects that ODOT is funding are:

Dominguez Family EnterprisesJuanita’s Fine Foods Track Replacement$400,000$276,000
Jackson CountyMedford Airport East Side Heavy Duty Aircraft Apron Expansion$12,050,000$2,500,000
City of EugeneEugene Airport – Widening Taxiways Juliet and Lima to Air Cargo Apron$2,000,000$1,400,000
Wyoming Colorado Railroad Inc.Oregon Eastern Railroad 286K Upgrade Phase 2$1,693,931$999,300
City of BendBend Air Traffic Control Tower (Design and Construction)$7,500,000$4,875,000
Pacific RecyclingPacific Recycling Spur Track Expansion$1,335,000$737,000
Lake CountyLake County Rail Replacement$1,294,000$892,860
Port of PortlandTerminal 6 Berth 607 Container Capacity Expansion Project$10,533.963$7,374,000
Teevin Bros Land & Timber Co LLCTeevin Westport Multimodal Terminal Siding$1,634,115$1,100,000
City of CorvallisCorvallis Airport Runway 17-3 Rehabilitation and Lighting$4,000,000$375,308
City of Klamath FallsKlamath Falls Regional Airport Reconstruct Runway 7-25$10,826,000$550,000
City of Port OrfordPort of Port Orford Crane Replacement$2,313,656$1,619,559
Coos County Airport DistricteVTOL Cargo and Pacific Northwest Seafood Transfer Facility$9,826,000$3,000,000
Colombia RailMilton-Freewater Area Shortline Customer Track Expansions$989,000$692,300
City of CreswellCreswell Airport Runway 16-34 Reconstruction and Lighting Replacement$4,692,000$250,000
Hyak Tongue Point, LLCHyak Tongue Point 1500 Metric Ton Mobile Lift Project$21,061,758$13,900,000
Morrow County Grain ProcessorsBoardman Rail Transloading Facility Grain Storage$3,000,000$2,100,000
Hampton Lumber SalesHampton Lumber Sales Track Expansion$221,900$155,330
Grant CountyGrant County Regional Airport Widen and Rehab Runway 17-35$7,277,778$727,778
Oregon Department of AviationProspect State Airport – Runway Reconstruction and Electrical Improvements$2,490,000$1,693,200
Union CountyUnion County Airport Fuel and Maintenance Facility Improvements$1,400,000$980,000

“I appreciate the work that’s gone into this,” said Commission Chair Bob Van Brocklin. “There have been a lot of stages, a lot of communication, and a lot of opportunities to be heard.”

For the six previous rounds of Connect Oregon funding, the OTC funded 221 projects, with a total leverage of non-Connect Oregon funds of $605 million. All but five of those projects are complete, with the remaining projects at various stages of design and construction.

Multimodal investments are a key part of ODOT’s Strategic Action Plan, which lays out priorities and goals for the next several years. Information about the Connect Oregon program is available on the program website.



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