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Merkley Applauds Recovery Funds Heading To Oregon

Recovery Act Funding From U.S. Department of Agriculture and From U.S. Department of Transportation Will Boost Transportation And Upgrade Research Facilities.

June 19, 2009

Portland – Senator Jeff Merkley applauded new funding today from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for projects in Benton, Jackson and Umatilla counties and the Tri-County area.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Funding

The Columbia Plateau Conservation Research Center in Pendleton will receive $150,000 for replacement of a roofing system and other repairs.

In Corvallis, The Horticultural Crops Research Unit, Forage Seed and Cereal Research Unit and National Clonal Germplasm Repository Unit will receive $355,000 for replacement of a roof on two labs and office buildings and replacement of a fire alarm system and leaking windows.

U.S. Department of Transportation Funding

The Rogue Valley Transportation District in Medford will receive $2.7 million for buses, to rehab facilities, security and paving, surfacing and replacing gravel of Bus Base in Medford.

The TriMet Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) light rail system will receive $1.1 million for preventative maintenance.

“Every week brings more recovery funding to Oregon,” Merkley said. “The recovery act is creating jobs, building local communities and laying the foundation for economic growth. From Pendleton to Medford, up to the Tri-County area, we are rebuilding Oregon.”

 

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