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Final Review Committee to meet, prioritize project list for $42 million


For more information: Shelley M. Snow, ODOT Public Affairs, (503) 986-3438 or mobile/text (503) 881-5362


SALEM – The ConnectOregon V Final Review Committee will meet June 11 and 12 in Portland where it will prioritize the list of multimodal transportation projects to receive $42 million in funding. The meeting runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Wednesday and Thursday, June 11 - 12 at the Holiday Inn – Portland Airport, 8439 NE Columbia Boulevard. Note: the public is invited to attend the June meetings, but public input will not be accepted; public input was collected at previous meetings and will be allowed at one final meeting later this summer (see below).
At the conclusion of these meetings, the Final Review Committee will forward its recommendations to the Oregon Transportation Commission. The OTC will discuss those recommendations at its July 17 meeting in Salem, where it will hold a public hearing, and it will make final selections at its Aug. 21-22 meeting in Ontario.
For the past several months, multimodal and regional committees have been reviewing the 105 applications that requested a total of $126,384,928 from the $42 million ConnectOregon V program. These committees prioritized the applications and sent their lists to the Final Review Committee, which is made up of 26 volunteers from each of the modal and regional committees.
ConnectOregon is a lottery-bond-based initiative first approved by the 2005 Oregon Legislature to invest in air, rail, marine/ports and transit infrastructure. The 2013 Oregon Legislature approved a fifth authorization of $42 million in lottery-backed bonds for the ConnectOregon V program as part of SB 5533.  Additionally, SB 260 added bicycle/pedestrian projects as eligible for ConnectOregon V funding.  More than 140 multimodal projects have been approved for funding through the ConnectOregon program since its inception.
To review the current prioritized lists and learn more about the program, visit http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TD/TP/ConnectOR.shtml.