OREGON On the Road to “In 2009, Oregon had the second-highest unemployment Recovery 2009 rate in the nation. Federal ARRA funds were a critical boost (As of December 31, 2009) to employment at a crucial time, and we have a better transportation system as its legacy. Make no mistake, Number of Recovery however, much more is needed.” Projects: 288 —Matthew L. Garrett, Oregon Department of Transportation Director Total State Expenditures: $107,526,477 US20 Pioneer Mountain Eddyville, Oregon State Web Site for Value: $7,412,527 ARRA, $234.3 million total cost More Information: www.oregon.com/recovery/ The US20: Pioneer Mountain to Eddyville project realigns US20, a National Highway AASHTO Recovery Web Site: System and Oregon freight route, by building recovery.transportation.org 6.5 miles of new alignment and 8 new bridges. The Corvallis-Newport highway connects Oregon's mid-coast region to the Willamette valley and the I-5 corridor. This last unimproved section has a high number of crashes-- many of them fatal-- due to the sub- standard and curvy road and few passing opportunities. This also restricts the movement of interstate-size trucks (53') and causes trucks going to and from the Georgia- Pacific mill in Toledo or destinations in Newport to travel out of direction, adding to the already congested route north along US101 and east on the OR18/22 corridor. The completion of the project will open the PROJECTS and PAYCHECKS route to interstate-size trucks, improve safety A one-year report on state and reliability, reduce congestion and travel transportation successes time - adding to the overall economic under the American Recovery competitiveness of the region. In addition to and Reinvestment Act the mill in Toledo, the Port of Newport has February 2010 recently been awarded the siting of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fleet and is home to Oregon OREGON US20 Pioneer Mountain Eddyville, Oregon (continued) State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center and several other state and federal natural resource offices. The central Oregon coast is a popular tourist and recreational destination. This section of US20 runs through the Oregon Coast Mountain range, which is very geologically challenging. Adding to the challenge is the 90+ inches of average rainfall, making a very short construction season of about 90-100 days. The original project design estimated moving about 3.8 million cubic yards of earth and rock. However, during the construction of this multi-year project several large, ancient landslides were discovered in the new alignment. This added almost 500,000 cubic yard of earth to add to the construction work and required additional engineering design. During the summer construction season, the contractor has an average weekly payroll of over $1,000,000. This payroll includes labor, trades and professional engineering staff. 95% of the workforce is from Oregon. The ARRA funding will help pay for mitigation of the newly discovered landslides, allowing the construction of this important project to continue. How ARRA Affected the Jobs’ Picture in My State ODOT’s use of ARRA highway program funds on projects across all modes of transportation ensured that a diversity of job types were created in communities across the state. In addition to typical highway construction jobs, use of these funds helped create jobs for electricians, engineers, and in commercial construction. Numerous contractors have attested that ARRA funds helped sustain their businesses in the face of reduced construction spending, and many indicated they would have had to lay off workers had they not received ARRA contracts.
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