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ODOT officials already working on plans for federal windfall


November 10, 2021

Oregon Department of Transportation

Crews pour concrete on an exit bridge on Interstate 5 in south of Ashland in August 2021. Oregon is getting $268 million for more bridge work.

By Les Zaitz

Oregon Capital Chronicle

Travis Brouwer had given up on Congress Friday afternoon, Nov. 5.

Brouwer, an assistant director of the Oregon Department of Transportation, was eager to see the federal infrastructure package pass.

That would mean billions for Oregon in the coming years and the state agency was already planning what to do with it.

But Brouwer thought the pivotal vote was once again going to be put off and he quit tracking each development.

He was reading a Nancy Drew novel to his daughter when he got a text alerting him that, in fact, the U.S. House had passed the Infr...

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