133 road projects get OK for Lane County.
Byline: David Steves The Register-Guard
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The Oregon Transportation Commission's final approval on Monday put in motion $1.3 billion worth of planning, purchasing and construction for 2004-07, ranging from bridge and interchange replacement to spruced-up sidewalks and help for transit systems.
For Lane County alone, the list includes 133 projects totaling $253.1 million. They range in scope from $41.3 million for two stages of the Belt Line interchange project at Interstate 5 to $45,000 for repairs on three stretches of sidewalk in Springfield.
From the local government and state highway officials who worked to get the projects on the list to the activists who oppose some of them, no one said they were surprised at the final lineup.
But Transportation Deputy Director Patrick Cooney Patrick (Paddy) Cooney (born March 2, 1931) was an Irish politician.
Cooney was born in 1931 and was educated at Castleknock College. He was unsuccessful in his first three attempts to get elected to Dáil Éireann in 1961, 1965 and 1969. said the commission's approval brought a critical dose of certainty to the roughly 700 projects. "You don't get done unless you're in here," Cooney said, hefting an inch-thick book of project descriptions.
The Legislature's recent increases in transportation fees and the use of the revenue to borrow on the bond market has made the list one of the biggest ever for Oregon. The commission still must determine how to spend another $500 million authorized by the 2003 Legislature for 2004-07 and add those projects to the list.
Rob Zako of Eugene, a transportation funding watchdog with 1000 Friends of Oregon, said his group chose not to speak out against the funding for the Belt Line interchange or the $17.7 million for the West Eugene Parkway The West Eugene Parkway was a proposed re-alignment of Oregon Route 126 through the western parts of Eugene, Oregon and its suburbs. Highway 126 through western Eugene currently runs along several surface streets (including West 11th Avenue); this route is well-known in the Eugene .
The group hasn't dropped its opposition, but felt it couldn't persuade the state commission to make last-minute changes in a funding package that had been years in the works, Zako said. He didn't rule out future legal action to try to halt or change the projects.
The five biggest Lane County projects will take up $87 million - about one-third of the county's overall share. The 128 remaining projects cover an array of improvements, including:
Extending north Eugene's Chad Drive to connect with Old Coburg Road and North Game Farm Road, $2.4 million
Repaving roads in Springfield, including stretches of 42nd and Q streets and Pioneer Parkway, $4.4 million.
Adding street lighting to various roadways in Eugene for $60,000.
Building bike lanes and sidewalks along Eugene's Royal Avenue from Terry Street to Greenhill Road, a $2.2 million project.
Excavating a rocky slope near Triangle Lake on Highway 36 between Mapleton and Junction City Junction City, city (1990 pop. 20,604), seat of Geary co., NE Kans., at the confluence of the Republican and Smoky Hill rivers; inc. 1859. The rail, trade, and processing center of an agricultural and dairy area, it grew as the supply point for nearby Fort Riley, to prevent rock falls Rock Falls, city (1990 pop. 9,654), Whiteside co., NW Ill., on the Rock River opposite Sterling; inc. 1867. It is an industrial center in a farm region with corn, soybeans, cattle, and hogs. Electronic equipment, feeds, and plastics are manufactured. , $816,000.
Buying $6.6 million worth of new buses for the Lane Transit District's Bus Rapid Transit
Five biggest Lane County projects OK'd Monday:
Belt Line fly-over:
$22 million for on- and off-ramps; to begin in 2007
Belt Line interchange:
$19.3 million for interchange improvements - to begin in 2005
West Eugene Parkway:
$17.7 million for construction; to begin in 2005
$15 million to add thick overlay and complete auxiliary lane from Willamette River Willamette River
River, northwestern Oregon, U.S. It flows north for 300 mi (485 km) into the Columbia River near Portland. Oregon's most populous cities are in its valley. The Fremont Bridge, a steel arch with a main span of 1,225 ft (373 m), crosses the river at Portland. to Highway 99; to begin 2005
$12.6 million to replace bridge on Highway 126 over North Fork North Fork, river, c.100 mi (160 km) long, rising in the Ozarks, S Mo., and flowing S, into N Ark., to the White River. Near its mouth is Norfolk Dam (completed 1944), which impounds Norfolk Lake and has a power plant. Siuslaw River between Eugene and Florence; to begin in 2006