September 26, 2016
For more information: Tom Fuller, Communications manager, (503) 986-3455 or Shelley M. Snow, Communications, (503) 986-3438
SALEM – What do
Main Street Athena, the Woodburn Company Stores, travelers traversing Sexton
Summit, and Bishop Towing and Repair all have in common? These communities and
businesses are the beneficiaries of transportation projects funded by the 2009 Jobs
and Transportation Act, known as JTA.
And they are now featured
in a brand new Oregon Jobs and Transportation Act Storybook, produced by ODOT.
The book focuses on twelve projects with photos, information, profiles and
“We wanted a
different way to tell the story of how these projects have impacted the state
of Oregon,” said Tom Fuller, ODOT Communications Manager. “In the end,
transportation projects are about people not pavement; communities not
concrete; businesses not budgets.”
Here are a few
examples from the storybook: The newly opened Woodburn Interchange on I-5 has
reduced bottlenecks getting into the Woodburn Company Stores — but it didn’t
just improve safety: it pumped up businesses and reduced headaches for shoppers
on both sides of the interstate. A JTA project re-made the main street through
the NE Oregon town of Athena, smoothing the way for vehicles — but also making
it more inviting for residents to walk and bike through downtown.
The storybook and videos webpage includes links to
the individual stories, the entire storybook
and also features an interactive map where you can see information about all of
the JTA projects, funded by the 2009 Oregon Legislature. The videos are
available on ODOT’s YouTube.com
site. You can download clips
from the videos
as well by visiting ODOT’s Dropbox site. Photos are available from our Flickr Album.
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