$5.1 Million Going to Small Cities for Road & Accessibility Upgrades

Small cities throughout Oregon will receive money to make improvements to streets, sidewalks and more. (Photo courtesy of ODOT)

Small cities around the state are receiving $5.1 million in funding after the Small City Allotment Advisory Committee to make street, sidewalk and curb improvements.

The money was unanimously approved the latest round of recommendations in the 2022 Small City Allotment program. Among area cities receiving money include $100,000 each for Boardman, Echo, Lexington and Weston.

Oregon Department of Transportation Director Kris Strickler finalized the selection with his approval.

‘We received 92 applications requesting $9,032,850 and were able to award 53 projects totaling $5,135,900,” Strickler said in reviewing and approving the committee’s recommendation.

Approved projects include things like replacing 18 non-compliant curb ramps along with pavement preservation in Durham; adding curb, gutters, sidewalks, bike lanes and curb ramps on selected roads in Scio; and rebuilding roads to match existing curb lines while paving the full width of road, including shoulders, in Maupin.

Oregon’s transportation funding package, Keep Oregon Moving from the 2017 Oregon Legislature, created the Small City Allotment program to help communities fix  local roads. The program receives $5 million each year and includes any cost savings from previous years rolled into the distribution formula. Recipient cities must have less than 5,000 population and project selection includes on-site visits. To include as many cities as possible, no matching funds are required.