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Stakeholder Update

​The Stakeholder Update is a semi-regular newsletter of the Oregon Department of Transportation, which provides news on transportation policy and programs to key stakeholders. 
 
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 March 2014

 

  

What will happen to federal transportation funding?
The Highway Trust Fund will exhaust its balances this year, forcing Congress to direct additional money into the Trust Fund or cut long-term funding for surface transportation programs by about 30 percent. These cuts would reduce investments in infrastructure that helps create jobs, improve safety, and increase quality of life in communities across the nation.

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Columbia River Crossing shuts down after a decade of work
The Oregon Legislature adjourned without reinstating funding for the Oregon-led option for the Columbia River Crossing, triggering a process of shutting down the project and archiving a decade worth of materials for potential future use. ODOT has also developed a plan for redirecting federal funds set aside to pay the initial years of the project’s debt service so they won’t be rescinded.

 
ODOT is nearing the successful completion of the $1.3 billion OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program, which updated critical links in Oregon’s highway network to increase safety and facilitate the free movement of goods on which the state’s economy depends. By the end of the year the bridge program will have repaired or replaced 271 bridges in Oregon— and done so on time and under budget.

 

 
The process for selecting projects for $42 million in funding available for non-highway transportation projects under ConnectOregon V is moving forward, with review by modal advisory committees nearing completion. ODOT received a total of 106 eligible applications requesting a total of $126.9 million in ConnectOregon funding.

 

 
ODOT recently took home the Leadership Award from the Oregon Sustainability Board and Business Oregon—the first time a state agency has been recognized with this award. ODOT was recognized for its efforts to adopt green practices and create a more sustainable transportation system, including innovative programs such as the Solar Highway, using biodiesel, and minimizing waste.
 
 
Oregon’s annual legislative session came to a close on March 7, 2014. There were 266 bills, memorials and resolutions introduced during the 2014 session and of those, the Legislature passed 135. ODOT’s Legislative Summary 2014 highlights the many bills considered by the Legislature that impact transportation or ODOT.
 
Historic bridges serve as important landmarks, giving character to their communities while also serving the more utilitarian value of helping people and goods get where they want to go. In an effort to help guide efforts to preserve some of the state’s transportation treasures, ODOT has published Oregon's Historic Bridge Field Guide.