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ODOT Proposes List of Upgrades to Transportation System

Tue March 21, 2023 - West Edition #7
Oregon Department of Transportation


The Oregon Transportation Commission recently released the draft 2024-2027 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), ODOT's capital improvement plan, for formal public review. The draft list prioritizes accessibility; helping people safely walk, bike and take public transit; and system preservation.

Every three years, the commission puts together the STIP that lays out where ODOT will invest federal and state money in the transportation system — everything from bike paths and sidewalks to roads and bridges to public transportation.

The STIP will fund projects in 2024-2027. The commission started developing the STIP in 2020 by deciding how to allocate state and federal funding among different areas with input from our partners and the public.

With that guidance, along with input from a wide variety of participants including cities, counties, many other partners and the public, ODOT developed the STIP. ODOT officials have spent the last two years selecting the most critical projects and now have a draft list of proposed investments to present for public comment.

This draft STIP includes:

  • A major investment in repairing and replacing deteriorating bridges;
  • A significant increase for public and active transportation to help people get around;
  • Increased funding for projects that improve safety on state highways and local roads;
  • More money for local governments to invest in their priorities;
  • A major investment in ADA curb ramps to help people with disabilities get around safely.

ODOT now wants to hear from the people who will be directly impacted by these projects. In particular, it wants feedback on two primary issues:

  • Which of the proposed projects do you support, and which projects do you have concerns about?
  • Would any of the proposed projects have possible impacts that we should work to address?
How to Provide Public Comment

This is your chance to see which project's ODOT has chosen to invest money in on the transportation system, including everything from public transportation projects to new bike paths, sidewalks, repaved roads and bridge maintenance.

Locals can provide comment on the projects in the STIP in a variety of ways.

1. Visit https://odotopenhouse.org/or-draft-stip to view the Oregon Draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. It will be available until April 28.

2. Attend one of the in-person public comment sessions. See the STIP website above for details.

3. Attend one of the virtual public comment sessions, either April 6, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. or on April 13, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the STIP website for details.

4. Send an email to [email protected].

Public comment will close on April 28. ODOT officials will use comments as it considers adjusting the projects in the STIP and as it begins designing projects. All comments will be included in the public comment record that goes to the commission before officials approve the final STIP in July.




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