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TIGER strikes again, filling funding gap for Sellwood Bridge
01/10/2012

For the third straight year, Oregon has received a major infusion of federal infrastructure funding through the US DOT Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.  This year, US DOT delivered a $17.7 million grant for the Sellwood Bridge, providing the last funding needed to replace a rapidly deteriorating bridge that is a crucial link in the Portland metro region’s transportation system.  The Sellwood Bridge project had strong support from Oregon’s congressional delegation; the Oregon Transportation Commission designated the project a statewide priority for TIGER funds, and the Portland metro region also included it among the region’s handful of priority TIGER applications.
Sellwood Bridge
 
The award of funds to the Sellwood Bridge followed a number of other TIGER grants for important Oregon infrastructure projects:
 
All told, the TIGER program has now provided more than $56 million to Oregon infrastructure projects.  All of these projects faced significant funding gaps that the TIGER grant helped close.
 
The TIGER program typically funds projects that have significant benefit, particularly in the areas of economic development and community livability.  Most projects awarded TIGER grants are ready to move to construction quickly and already have most funding lined up; the TIGER program typically provides the “last dollar” needed to get a project off the ground.
 
Congress has funded a fourth round of TIGER grants, which will likely be made available soon.  Once details are announced by US DOT, ODOT will post information on its federal affairs webpage.  As with the last two rounds of TIGER funding, the Oregon Transportation Commission will likely offer letters of support for worthy TIGER applications and designate a handful of projects as statewide priorities for TIGER funding.