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No BUILD grant for I-84/Exit 209 rebuild this year

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Oregon Department of Transportation and the city of Pendleton have failed to get a federal Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grant for the second year in a row. The two entities had applied for the grant from the U.S Department of Transportation. It appears that only one Oregon project was successful.

“Last year, we were that third candidate, with two of them getting the award,” Public Works Director Bob Patterson said. “We probably came in second this time. We’ll find out more when we reach the debrief.”

Patterson said the Medford/Jackson County project grant is for $15 million. Pendleton had requested the maximum award of $25 million.

“Most of the awards were in the $20 million to $15 million range,” Patterson said. “That seemed to be the sweet spot to spread those funds out among entities.”

Patterson said they will try again in 2020, and will meet with officials from Washington, District of Columbia, to determine how they can strengthen their application.

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