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‘Sense of urgency’ in Oregon should follow passage of infrastructure bill, DeFazio says

A federal infrastructure bill passed by Congress on Friday, Nov. 5, opens the way for major projects in Oregon. (Oregon Department of Transportation)

Oregonians should see work start next year on transportation projects funded by the massive infrastructure bill, according to U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon.

DeFazio said Oregon will get better highways, repaired bridges and ports dredged to ease commerce.

He said in a press briefing last week that passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act by Congress means “we will see a lot of activity in the construction season next year. These things are ready to go.”

The $1.2 trillion package includes an estimated $3.4 billion that will flow to Oregon for transportation projects over the next five years and DeFazio said there is a “sense of urgency . . .