Senate Bill: $6M in rural Oregon projects list

Natural Resource Report Note:
— Projects included in the agriculture Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill that has passed the Senate Senate Appropriations Committee include:

US-20 Sisters Downtown Improvements – $1,500,000
Funds will be used to reconstruct and widen sidewalks, improve pedestrian crossings by building curb extensions, and add streetscape features such as decorative lighting and landscaping in order to improve prospects for business development in the community.

U.S. Highway 97 and J Street Intersection Project in Madras – $750,000
Funds will be used to ensure a safe and efficient flow of interstate traffic through the intersection.

Community Facilities Acquisition and Renovation – $500,000
Funds will allow the City of Grants Pass to acquire and renovate the historic Grants Pass Supervisor’s Warehouse complex.  The City is working to acquire the facility from the United States Forest Service for adaptive reuse as a Community Center. The renovation will primarily focus on the central building and include new electrical and mechanical systems, extensive energy efficiency upgrades, seismic upgrades, the installation of restrooms, and the installation of a commercial kitchen for catered events.

Coos Bay Waterfront Development Initiative – $500,000
Funds will be used for site prep and plaza construction at the future site of the Coos Bay Regional Center (CBRC).  This plaza will serve as the anchor for the Coos Bay Waterfront Development Initiative and serve as a catalyst for urban waterfront redevelopment and economic recovery in the largest metropolitan area on the Oregon coast.

Umatilla Depot Rail Switches Replacement Project – $400,000
Funds will go toward replacing the rail switches at the rail depot in order to transform the former Depot site into an economically redeveloped site to provide new opportunities for community employment and revenue.

Medford Safe Sidewalks – $300,000
Funds will be used for the construction of sidewalks including necessary improvements such as storm drainage, curb and gutters on both partially improved and unimproved streets within a one-mile radius of elementary schools.

Bend Applied Research Center – $200,000
Funds will be used to grow small high-tech businesses by providing facilities, research and expertise, along with links to universities, investors and outside funding in order to create permanent, high wage jobs and promoting entrepreneurship.
List of urban area infrastructure projects in the same bill:
Portland Human Trafficking Victim Assistance and Support Center – $300,000
The project will improve shelter services to victims of human trafficking by upgrading an existing facility structure and providing necessary equipment.  The YWCA currently owns a facility (formerly utilized as a homeless shelter) that is available for conversion to this population of need.

Behavioral Healthcare Housing for Court Diversion of Individuals with Mental Illness – $300,000
Funds will be used to construct a 14 bed Behavioral Healthcare Housing Facility for individuals diverted by the Multnomah County Mental Health Court. The proposed project offers medically-monitored, residential treatment and support that facilitates recovery and reintegration into the community.

Sellwood Bridge (Multnomah County) Replacement Project – $500,000
Funds will be used for the final design of a new bridge across the Willamette River in Southeast Portland.

Columbia River Crossing – $42,750,000 (For Oregon and Washington state)
Funds will be used for preliminary engineering, design and right of way for the Columbia River Crossing project.  The final project will reduce congestion, promote safety, and increase accessibility for drivers, transit, cyclists, and pedestrians.

— information provided by US Senator Ron Wyden

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