ODOT - Oregon Department of Transportation

01/23/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/23/2020 17:32

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Jan. 23, 2020

Contact: Don Hamilton, 503-704-7452

LAKE OSWEGO - The Oregon Transportation Commission Thursday released the draft 2021-2024 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for formal public review.

The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, also known as the STIP, is ODOT's to-do list, the capital improvement program for state and federally-funded projects. The list spells out how these funds will be spent around the state.

ODOT and the Commission develop the program in coordination with a wide range of stakeholders and the public.

In the weeks ahead, we will hold open houses around the state - including an online open house in mid-February - providing you the chance to make final comments on the plan. You can also review the draft project list on our website and send your comments to [email protected]. The deadline for public comment is April 6, 2020.

While the 2021-2024 list is nearly complete, the 2024-2027 program will kick off in July 2020. If you have ideas for projects for inclusion in the next round, you can submit them to the program website, Oregon.gov/ODOT/STIP. You can also sign-up for program updates.

Final federal approval of the 2021-2024 list is expected by September 2020.

Here's how the program works.

  • Program allocation:The Commission distributes funds among programs such as system enhancements, preservation, safety, local roads and non-highway projects, such as bicycle, pedestrian and public transit projects (completed).
  • Project selection:The Commission reviews the considerations that guide project selection. Informed by data and advisory committees, we create preliminary project lists, estimate costs and schedules, then narrow the project list to final recommendations to include in the draft STIP (completed).
  • Public review and approval:The Commission releases the draft list for a formal public comment period. After taking public comment, the Commission adopts a revised STIP and forwards it to the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration for review and approval.

The commission will allocate funds among several major categories, including projects that preserve the existing system, that enhance or expand the system, that improve safety and that upgrade non-highway projects, including bicycle, pedestrian and public transit projects.

Some programs direct funding to local governments so they can fund their own priority projects.