Oregon appears to have scored well with the (finally!) passage of a federal transportation bill – $2.6 Billion for highways and bridges and another half billion for public transit.
The bill is also expected to help begin planning for the next phase of the Highway 99 bypass around Dundee and Newberg – the first segment of which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2017. This first bypass installment will make driving to and from Lincoln City quicker and safer – the Spirit Mountain and Chinook Winds Casino Resorts licking their chops at what will likely be a whole new flock of gamblers and tourists to the coast – and more often, as well as for those who just have to get their “beach fixes” during the year. The bypass will be a limited access 2-lane road which will eventually be expanded to four lanes – when the money is available to do that.
Here’s a broader perspective on the transportation bill from the Oregonian. Click here.