Hermiston to Receive $280,000 in Federal Funding for Safe Streets

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Hermiston is one of five Oregon communities to receive federal funding to improve street safety in their communities.

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that a federal investment totaling more than $1.7 million has been secured for the cities of Hermiston and Ontario as well as Jefferson, Douglas and Lane counties to improve street safety in their communities.

“The ability for all Oregonians to travel safely on the streets and roads they rely on every day plays a big part in quality of life and peace of mind for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists,” Wyden said.

The funds from the federal Transportation Department’s Safe Streets for All grant program will be distributed as follows:

  • $800,000 to Lane County Department of Public Works
  • $280,000 to the City of Hermiston
  • $280,000 to the City of Ontario
  • $200,000 to Jefferson County
  • $163,200 to Douglas County

“Every Oregonian deserves to travel the streets of their communities safely,” said Merkley. “These investments across the state will transform roadways into safer places for bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers. 

Hermiston Mayor Dave Drotzmann said the money will help Hermiston plan out future expansions to its transportation network that are efficient, cost-effective, and safe for all users.

“As the fastest growing community in Eastern Oregon we continue to look to our state and federal partners to help us foster that growth,” said Drotzmann. “This Comprehensive Safety Action Plan will help all of our partners know that our transportation network is building out with the safety and inclusion of all community members in mind.”