Stimulus trickle-down RVTD to get $2.4 million if state approves proposal

The Rogue Valley Transportation District would receive $2.4 million in federal stimulus funds and another $17 million would be spent on highway projects in Jackson and Josephine counties if a state proposal is approved.

Oregon is scheduled to receive about $334 million of the approximately $27 billion in transportation funding included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was approved by federal officials last week.

The state has released its list of proposed projects and funding. It includes $66 million to six urban areas in the state with transit districts, with RVTD set to receive $2.4 million. Final approval of the plan will come from the state's Transportation Commission.

The most expensive state project on the list for Jackson and Josephine counties is $9.2 million for grinding and repaving work on highways 62 and 140 in the Medford and White City areas.

Another $2.7 million is proposed for grinding and repaving 11 miles of Interstate 5 in the Ashland area, between mileposts 11 and 18 in the southbound lanes and mileposts 14 and 18 in the northbound lanes.

In Josephine County, $5.2 million is proposed for paving projects on highways 99 and 238 in the Grants Pass area.

ODOT is scheduled to receive about $224 million of the $334 million targeted to Oregon for transportation. About $100 million will be distributed to cities, counties and regional planning districts.

The largest projects on the state's list include $25 million (out of the $50 million total cost) for work on a Columbia River bridge that carries Highway 30 between Rainier and Longview, Wash., $15 million to add lanes and an underpass on Highway 97 south of Bend and $8 million to build a two miles of passing lane on Highway 97 between mileposts 230 and 235 in Klamath County.

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