Merkley, Wyden, DeFazio Announce Major Federal Grants for Oregon Infrastructure
BUILD grants will be awarded to Port of Morrow and Port of Coos Bay
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Congressman Peter DeFazio, today announced that the federal Department of Transportation is awarding two major grants to Oregon ports.
The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grants will go to the Port of Morrow and the Port of Coos Bay. The Port of Morrow in Boardman, OR, will receive $19.4 million, while the Port of Coos Bay will receive $20 million, both for rail investments.
“This is huge news for Oregon’s rural infrastructure,” said Merkley, who has used his position on the Senate Appropriations Committee to fight for federal investments in Oregon’s communities. “These grants are a huge boost to developing the rail infrastructure we need to make Oregon’s economy even more competitive in the 21st Century.”
“This big-time investment in Oregon’s ports and rail infrastructure will have a tremendous impact on the Oregonians living and working in Morrow County, as well as for Oregonians in communities along the Coos Bay Rail line from Coquille to Eugene,” Wyden said. “You can’t have a big-league economy without big-league infrastructure, and I am gratified to have worked with the delegation to achieve these significant wins for jobs and the economy in rural Oregon.” “This is great news for Southwest Oregon,” said DeFazio, expected Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for the 116th Congress. “These funds will be used to improve the rail line and help major employers in the Coos Bay area get their goods to market. This is exactly the type of federal investment we need to improve our long-term economic viability  and put Americans back to work rebuilding our vital infrastructure.”