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Transportation commission approves release of construction funds for Malheur County rail center

A decision Oregon Transportation Commission Thursday will open up the funding faucet for construction of a reload facility north of Nyssa. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

UPDATE: This story has been updated with quotes from Malheur County Commissioner Ron Jacobs and information on when bids for construction are set to be released.

SALEM – Bids for construction work on the Treasure Valley Reload Center will go out next month and dirt will soon begin to move after the Oregon Transportation Commission approved the release of construction money for the Treasure Valley Reload Center Thursday afternoon.

The commission gave the green light for the funding during its regular meeting and as part of its consent agenda.

The unanimous decision was no surprise as the Oregon Department of Transportation and its consultant, The Tioga Group, concluded in . . .