Transportation and Infrastructure
Making long-term investments in transportation and infrastructure stimulates the economy, creates jobs, and drives commerce. It is also an opportunity to rebuild systems in a sustainable and resilient manner, reduce carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency, and support vulnerable communities. New infrastructure programs should invest in projects that reduce pollution and use natural infrastructure solutions.
The needs of surface transportation infrastructure are widely and rightfully recognized. But in the Northwest, we know that a comprehensive infrastructure package needs to go beyond roads and bridges. Investing in infrastructure must also include accessible public transit, building affordable housing, upgrading water systems, repairing ports, modernizing public schools, and strengthening decarbonized transportation systems in a resilient and sustainable manner. I’m focused on the federal responsibility to improve infrastructure and upgrade our multi-modal transportation system. Smart transportation projects, like the Newberg-Dundee Bypass and the Southwest Corridor Light Rail, will help more people get to work, school, and other destinations in the community more quickly and reliably while also reducing emissions by decreasing the number of vehicles on our roads. These projects also recognize the need to enhance our resiliency in advance of a Cascadia Subduction Zone event in the Northwest.
Finally, federal investment in infrastructure will create needed construction jobs in our communities. I’ll pursue every opportunity to make sure that all workers—especially women and people of color who traditionally haven’t worked in construction—have access to the training and supports needed to qualify for these jobs, and will work to make sure that minority and women owned small businesses can compete for these federal contracts.
More on Transportation and Infrastructure
The Environmental Protection Agency has approved two new loans, totaling $640 million, for a major water-supply infrastructure program in western Oregon.
The loan approvals, announced on Aug. 19, are part of EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, or WIFIA, program and will help finance the $1.3-billion, multi-year Willamette Water Supply System program.
Earlier this month, bipartisan Congress members introduced the Building U.S. Infrastructure by Leveraging Demands for Skills (BUILDS) Act to spur industry partnerships to encourage workforce training programs.
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Newberg city officials recently held a marathon discussion with the owners of the defunct WestRock paper mill, discussing the vision for the mill property as well as the future of the riverfront area.
Mayor Rick Rogers, City Manager Joe Hannan, Community Development Director Doug Rux and Public Works Director Jay Harris all met with WestRock officials to discuss the property. Rux said the meeting was mostly just to communicate the master plan for the riverfront area the city is working on, as it includes the property the mill sits on.
From roads to railways, ports to electrical grids, our infrastructure is highly relied upon. It's also highly in need of help.
“We’re going to try and help President Trump delivers on his long standing promise to rebuild America’s infrastructure,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.