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ODOT reps speak about impact of ‘Keep Oregon Moving’

January 30, 2018

The Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill 2017, which invests money into Oregon infrastructure.

Three Oregon Department of Transportation officials spoke about that means in the areas in and around Lebanon, at the chamber luncheon on Jan. 26.

“We’re working on a lot of projects that were in the hopper,” said Angela Beers-Seydel, ODOT region to public information officer. “About $5.3 billion is expected to come in.”

The presenters presented a breakdown of how much funding that each community will recieve per year. Lebanon

Brennan Burbank, an ODOT project manager for the area, spoke about a few of the projects that he is working on.

One of those projects is piloting a test program to build ADA accessible ramps. ODOT will be working with an engineer and contractor to get the lowest possible cots, he said. That pilot program will be run in six cities, with Lebanon included on that list.

Brian Morey, interim district manager for the area spoke about how the department is working to upkeep roads at the lowest cost.

An audience member asked about the use of salt of , which was recently legalized in a few areas in the state.

With the warmer winter this year, ODOT has not had the chance to test the salt yet, but she noted that we’re in the exception area, and the use of salt will be minimal.

“If you’re behind that truck, you won’t see something come out,” she said.