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Transportation projects listed for state funding

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) officials have green-lit three Lake County transportations for ConnectOregon V funding, according to discussion at the Tuesday, June 17, Board of Commissioners meeting.

Commissioner Brad Winters informed the board that the Lake County Airport, Lake Railway, LLC, and Christmas Valley Airport received the nod for grant funding.  A fourth project from the regional area, Basin Transit Service in Klamath Falls, also received funding, he said.

The Lake Railway request in the amount of $783,680 is earmarked for varied improvements to existing infrastructure, and was ranked at number 13.

The Lake County Airport project was ranked at number 25, in the amount of $590,973.60, and will be utilized for runway repaving and improvement work.

The Christmas Valley Airport, ranked at number 31, is funded at $659,100, for parallel taxiway construction and apron rehabilitation.

This funding was issued to the Christmas Valley Park and Recreation District, which owns and oversees operation of the Christmas Valley Airport.

Klamath and Lake counties are part of Region 4, which he said fared extremely well in overall funding received. The ConnectOregon program divides the states into five regions.

Region 4 spans the central part of the state from The Dalles to the north all the way to the California border.

The funding summary reported $5,018,265.60 awarded to the region, representing 12 percent of the total $42,369,189.63 statewide.

“Region 4 did well,” Winters said.

The ConnectOregon grant program granted a total of 37 out of 104 project funding requests, Winters said, across all 36 of Oregon counties.

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