State Capitol
Press Release
March 31, 2009
Governor Launches Redmond Federal Transportation Stimulus Project
Project will help revitalize Redmond’s historic downtown
 
(Redmond) – Today Governor Ted Kulongoski launched another federal transportation stimulus project for Oregon funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act., one of 100 transportation projects awarded by the Oregon Transportation Commission.  This specific project involves the reconstruction of 5th Street in downtown Redmond.
 
“Today we’re here to highlight one of the transportation projects around the state funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – a project that will put Oregonians right here in Redmond to work while also making critical improvements to help revitalize Redmond’s classic downtown,” the Governor said.
 
This project complements the recent reroute of US 97, which removed highway and truck traffic from downtown Redmond. While the reroute has successfully removed the traffic, the remaining downtown streets have deteriorated due to the many years of heavy highway use.  This $4 million investment will reconstruct a one mile section of 5th Street to restore the road to a modernized condition and replace the deteriorated paved surface.
 
In addition to updating the road surface, this project transitions downtown Redmond from a highway business district into a livable main street community center. Reconstructing the street will provide a platform for economic development in downtown Redmond. This project will create immediate construction jobs and provide a spark in the downtown community and stimulate further job creation through increased redevelopment and revitalization efforts.
 
“This $4 million project is just one of hundreds of examples you’ll see across the state that shows how investing in transportation delivers jobs and preserves our infrastructure and enhances our quality of life,” the Governor continued.
 
The Governor also underscored the need for the state legislature to pass the Jobs and Transportation Act of 2009, which the Governor introduced in January. The Governor’s initiative would make annual investments in transportation across Oregon – creating jobs, maintaining and modernizing current assets and making investments that ensures Oregon has a transportation system that is safe, efficient, green and meets the demands of a 21st century economy.
 
“The need for transportation infrastructure repair is massive and urgent because our transportation system is the circulatory system of our economy,” the Governor said. “That’s why I introduced the Jobs and Transportation Act of 2009, which is before the legislature right now, and would make annual investments in transportation across Oregon – creating jobs, maintaining our current assets and ensuring Oregon has a transportation system that is safe, efficient, green and meets the demands of a 21st century economy.”
 
For more information about the transportation projects funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), go to: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/recovery/economic_stimulus.shtml 
 
For more information about what the ARRA means for Oregon, go to: http://www.oregon.gov/recovery
 
 
Contacts:
Jillian Schoene, 503-378-5040
Rem Nivens, 503-378-6496
Anna Richter Taylor, 503-378-6169
 
 

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