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A Three Horse Race...
Are we all aware there is a race going on... some interesting history...
In this weeks podcast… There is a three horse race to stop ODOT from tolling I-205. Which horse are you on? Might we suggest… you’d better be on all three.
Article 1 - Sometimes we miss things… and this was a huge miss, for ALL OF US! Did you know “The first phase of the I-205 project, focused on the Abernethy Bridge widening… having circumvented the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Impact Assessment process via a documented categorical exclusion (DCE)…” This article, from U.S. Pirg Education Fund, brings to light the past end-around of ODOT and how it controls its budget. An Excellent read from Sept 2022.
Article 2 - The FY22 INFRA GRANT APPLICATION, submitted to the Federal Government, for the I-205 Improvements Project Phase 2 has a clear budget and project eligibility. This budget, a bit lower than the one mentioned above for the same project. And, only mentioned a few times, a tolling element. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation INFRA 22 Fact Sheets, Oregon did not receive monies per their request.
Article 3 - Willamette Week wrote an article this week on how tolling is now creating a big hill to climb for ODOT. But as we suggest in our podcast, this may not be the horse that can win the race.