ODOT: $ 1.2 billion in Oregon infrastructure law will help save lives, reduce injuries
SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – Safety is vital to every transportation program and project – and a key part of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s strategic action plan. Much of the estimated $ 1.2 billion in additional funding for transportation en route to Oregon comes from the recently passed federal government Law on investment in infrastructure and employment will focus on safety, the Oregon Department of Transportation said Monday.
Here is the agency’s full press release, the latest in a series on the intended uses of the new federal infrastructure funding:
This new funding will strengthen existing efforts and add new ones to improve the safety of all of us as we move through our communities and state – whether we walk, cycle, drive or take public transit.
“This additional investment will allow us to implement more safety projects statewide,” said Christina McDaniel-Wilson, state road safety engineer. “This means that 50 additional fatalities or serious injuries and 750 more lower severity accidents can be avoided over the life of these projects. “
The law strengthens existing federal transportation safety programs and introduces two more pressing safety needs:
- One is to prevent fatalities and injuries from crashes involving motor vehicles hitting other vehicles and people stopped by the side of the road – this aligns with Oregon’s “Move over” law and other efforts to improve the safety of our emergency responders on the roads.
- The other is to educate the public on law enforcement practices during roadside checks and to train law enforcement officials on improving the safety of interactions with the public during roadside checks. This includes reducing racial profiling in traffic stops and aligns with ODOT’s goal of improving fairness in Oregon’s transportation system.
By collecting feedback from Oregonians in the coming months, ODOT has already identified several major investments in the safety of Oregon communities, such as:
- $ 45 million in additional funding for the All-Highway Transportation Safety Program. Learn more about ARTS: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/engineering/pages/arts.aspx.
- Over a quarter of a billion dollars in additional direct investment in repairing and replacing Oregon bridges, making them safer during a major earthquake and for recovery after a major disaster. Learn more about State Bridges: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/Bridge/Pages/index.aspx
- $ 94 million for a new PROTECT program aimed at improving the resilience of the transport system to disasters, including adaptation to climate change. Learn more about the ODOT Climate Office: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/Programs/Pages/Climate-Office.aspx
- Potentially up to $ 200 million in additional funding for cities, counties and metropolitan planning agencies for safety, bicycles / pedestrians, bridges and other community priorities.
“A large portion of the additional funds for safety will support our Transportation Safety on All Roads program, which uses national data and research to select the best projects that will effectively reduce the most fatal and severe crashes on all roads. Oregon Highways, ”state traffic engineer. said Angela Kargel. “The IIJA also includes a new effort to meet pedestrian and bicycle safety needs, so we will see more of these projects in the years to come. “
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