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DeFazio Secures $5 Million in Emergency Relief Funding for Oregon Department of Transportation

Sep 16, 2020
Press Release

Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today announced he has secured $5 million in emergency relief funding for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to start to repair damage caused to Oregon highways from the wildfires that are currently ravaging the state.

“The magnitude of the destruction from these catastrophic wildfires is unfathomable and the need is urgent to repair infrastructure and allow thousands of Oregonians to return home safely,” said Rep. DeFazio. “These roadways are vital lifelines for rural communities and are also key freight corridors connecting population hubs throughout the state. These funds will help our state take the first steps towards recovery.”

Vital highways throughout Oregon remain closed as active fire fighting continues. Preliminary damage assessments have found catastrophic impacts to parts of the state highway system and forecast at least $30 million worth of damage to federal-aid highways. These damages include downed trees, burned out guard rails, and fire damage to the road surface. As the fires become contained and access to the road system improves, the scale of damage will surely increase.