Government, Salem, Transportation

How should Oregon spend $400 million on roads and transit? State officials want your input

The Oregon Transportation Commission wants Oregonians’ thoughts on how best to spend more than $400 million, available as part of the recent federal infrastructure law.

Oregon will receive more than $3.4 billion for roads over the next five years, with $1.2 billion going directly to the state Transportation Department and the rest being parceled among local governments. Most of the state’s $1.2 billion comes with strings attached, but the Transportation Department has wide leeway for how to spend $412 million.

Agency officials developed four suggestions for how to divvy up the money. All four start by setting aside $198 million to install curb ramps for people using wheelchairs or walkers or pushing strollers, maintain existing roads and provide matching funds for competitive grants.

The first option, dubbed “Fix-It,” would spend $107 million preserving bridges and highways — such as patching potholes. Another roughly $50 million would . . .

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