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Connect Oregon - Dedicated Projects

Background

The state legislature identified five dedicated projects (four in House Bill 2017 and one in House Bill 4304) that were to be reviewed and if approved, to be funded prior to the next competitive cycle of the Connect Oregon program. ODOT established rules specific to the dedicated projects to provide a process whereby the qualifications and capacity of the project sponsors was established and effectiveness and business case for the project plan was validated.

The statuses of the projects are as follows:

  • Mid-Willamette Valley Intermodal Facility – Project Plan approved by the Oregon Transportation Commission at their July 2019 meeting. The project sponsors have acquired the land, completed permits, and are expected to have selected an operator in late 2020. Construction is anticipated to begin at the end of 2020, with operations of the facility coming online by the end of 2021.

  • Treasure Valley Intermodal Facility - Project Plan approved by the Oregon Transportation Commission at their July 2019 meeting. The project sponsors have acquired the land, completed permits, and are expected to have selected an operator in late 2020. Construction is anticipated to begin in early to the middle of 2021, with operations of the facility coming online by the middle of 2022.

  • Rail Expansion at the Port of Morrow – Project Plan approved by the Oregon Transportation Commission at their September 2018 meeting. Construction is complete, pending final reporting to ODOT on grant agreement requirements.

  • Rail siding to support Amtrak Cascade line – Project Plan approved by the Oregon Transportation Commission at their December 2019 meeting contingent on securing CRISI grant funding. In September 2020 the FRA selected this project for $3.7 million in funding to go along with the Connect Oregon and other funding sources. The project sponsor is anticipated to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with ODOT which will establish project milestones. Construction is anticipated to take 13 months.

  • Oregon International Port of Coos Bay Rail Bridge Rehabilitation Project – Project Plan received by ODOT in September 2020. Upon approval by the Oregon Transportation Commission, the project sponsor's schedule anticipates working on permits through the end of 2020 and early 2021, construction beginning in the middle of 2021 and substantial completion in late 2024/early 2025



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