The Oregon Congressional delegation was eventually able to secure more than $20 million through authorization and appropriations bills and through the US DOT. We also worked closely with the County to get ODOT to modify and change the scope of the project to meet the County’s needs and desires, and with the County in their successful efforts in the Oregon state legislature to secure additional funding for the project through the Jobs and Transportation Act.
After years of planning and three years of construction, Phase I of the sunrise corridor was completed in June of 2016. The result of this $130 million is the creation of a new four-lane, 2.5 mile expressway with new bicycle and pedestrian paths and reconstructed and improved adjacent roadways. This was the first new highway to be built in the Portland area in 34 years. We continue to work with the County, the regional governments, the Oregon Department of Transportation, USDOT and the Oregon Congressional delegation on phase two of this important project.