Sunday, November 23, 2014

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.

 

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