This is the fifth year that Oregon has set aside grant funds for non-highway related transportation projects called "Connect Oregon V". The competition for a chunk of just a little over $42,000,000.00 for various projects around the state is down to the top 37 proposals. A Port of Astoria runway rehab is ranked # 8 and a project proposed by the Columbia River Pilots comes in at #12.
The recommendations now go to the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) for final approval. The OTC will hold a public hearing on the recommendations at its July 17 meeting in Salem and make a final decision at its August 21-22 meeting in Ontario.
The Port project ranked high with the state and would provide $480,000.000 for the rehab of runway 13-31, a project with a total price tag of over five million dollars. The river pilots are seeking $949,608 for a Columbia River Underkeel Clearance project estimated to cost $1,318,900.00.
The final list does list other projects beyond the first 37 that are recommended for funding. There are over 100 qualified proposals that made the full list including a City of Astoria proposal for waterfront improvements between 11th and 12th streets that came in at #49 and a proposal by Teevin Bros Land and Timber for a Rail Intermodal Consolidation Facility that would be built in Columbia County. That proposal called for purchasing industrial zoned land and extending rail service along with laying an all-weather surface and allowed for the future construction of a warehouse. Neither of those projects ranked high enough for funding based on the grant criteria. One local project proposal didn't make the list. A proposal by Lektro to build a 7500 square foot hanger at Astoria Regional Airport at a total cost of $600,000 failed find a place on the list of 104 qualified proposals.