Category Archives: Transportation Commission

ODOT Director Garrett will retire in June

His departure is the first significant administrative change of Gov. Kate Brown’s new term. Matthew Garrett, the longtime director of the state Transportation Department, said Friday, Jan. 18, that he intends to retire by June. 30. Source: Pamplin Media Group – ODOT Director Garrett will retire in June

Reload center to go before transportation commission

The proposed Treasure Valley Reload Center has received its final technical review and will be given a do approve recommendation when it comes before the Oregon Transportation Commission in February. That was according to a report given by Greg Smith, Malheur County Economic Development Director, late Friday after attending a meeting of a technical review […]
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An intermodal facility proposal for Brooks now trails Millersburg

A proposal to build a shipping facility for trucks and trains in Brooks was passed over in favor of a competing plan in Millersburg on Friday. A committee of the Oregon Transportation Commission reviewed both proposals and recommended the Millersburg plans as their favorite. Source: An intermodal facility proposal for Brooks now trails Millersburg

Treasure Valley intermodal site wins tentative recommendation

Despite misgivings about the proposal’s economics, a final review committee has recommended awarding an Oregon transportation grant to an intermodal facility in the Treasure Valley. The facility would primarily transfer onions from trucks to refrigerated railcars in Nyssa, Ore., reducing the agricultural industry’s reliance on trucking to deliver the crop to distant markets. Source: Treasure […]
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Tolls on I-5, I-205 ‘likely eligible’ for approval, feds say 

When Oregon applied for federal approval last month to toll sections of Interstate 5 and 205 in the Portland area, state transportation leaders admitted they were “in somewhat uncharted territory.” So, it was welcome news Tuesday when the Federal Highway Administration said both tolling proposals are “likely eligible” to move forward. Source: Tolls on I-5, I-205 […]
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Feds: Oregon’s Plans for Tolling Parts of I-5 and I-205 Can “Likely” Proceed

Oregon’s plans to toll parts of I-5 in Portland and I-205 on the Abernathy Bridge in Clackamas County took a major step forward this week. Source: Feds: Oregon’s Plans for Tolling Parts of I-5 and I-205 Can “Likely” Proceed – Willamette Week

Feds: Freeway tolls ‘very likely’ to be approved

The federal government is likely to approve Oregon’s request to toll parts of I-5 and I-205 in the Portland area, but needs more information to make a final decision. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Feds: Freeway tolls ‘very likely’ to be approved

FHWA says Oregon’s tolling plans ‘likely’ eligible for approval

Federal Highway Administration outlines requirements to move forward on tolling I-5, I-205. The Federal Highway Administration has given Oregon what it needs to move into the next phase of implementing tolls on Interstates 5 and 205. The FHWA sent the Oregon Department of Transportation a letter Jan. 8 that outlined the federal requirements to put tolls […]
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My View: Toll plan would help fund I-205 upgrades

No issue unites the Portland-Vancouver metro region quite like traffic congestion. It’s getting worse as our population and economy grow, it costs money, and it costs us time that could be spent with our family and friends doing things we love. Source: Pamplin Media Group – My View: Toll plan would help fund I-205 upgrades

Initiative gets green light to steer toll money to highway projects

Court clears ballot title language for measure giving Portland-area drivers a say in how funds are spent. Portland-area drivers facing freeway tolls may get a chance to steer that money away from anything but expanding highways. Language has been approved for a ballot measure that would restrict the state’s use of that toll money. Source: […]
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