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ODOT releases transportation projects report


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 videos.


“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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