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Demand for ConnectOregon outpaces funding
01/10/2012
ODOT has received 70 applications for a total of $84.6 million for the next round of ConnectOregon funding. The 2010 Oregon Legislature authorized $40 million in lottery-backed bonds for ConnectOregon IV, a program that invests in multimodal transportation projects around the state.

Rail was the most popular category, with more than $36 million in funding requested.  Projects came in from all five regions of the state, with Region 2—which covers the Willamette Valley and Central/North Coast—the largest source of applications.  The ConnectOregon IV legislation set aside at least 10 percent of funding for each region, provided there are qualified projects in each region.
 
ConnectOregon IV applications are undergoing reviews for completeness and feasibility; approved applications will go to modal and regional committees for review and public input.

Union Pacific train in Eastern Oregon
 
In late spring 2012, a Final Review Committee will prioritize its recommendations for funding and forward them to the Oregon Transportation Commission. The OTC will hold a public hearing on the recommendations soon after that and a final decision is expected in summer 2012.
 
Information on ConnectOregon is available on the program’s webpage.  Questions about the application process can be directed toConnectOregon@odot.state.or.us.