City of Medford Awarded $15.5 Million BUILD Grant

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City of Medford Awarded $15.5 Million BUILD Grant

City of Medford DowntownThe City of Medford is pleased to be the recipient of a $15.5 million grant from the Department of Transportation (DOT) through their Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) program.

The funding will help expand nearly four miles of roadway along the Foothill Road/North Phoenix Road Corridor from two-lanes to four-lanes and will include a center turn lane, sidewalks, and bike lanes. The upgrades will help reduce congestion along the roadway, help accommodate regional growth and create job opportunities in the area.

“Medford is a community that understands how vital infrastructure is to meeting the demands of a vibrant population and a growing economy and this grant is a leap forward in providing a multi-modal facility that will serve the City for many years to come,” said City Councilor Michael Zarosinski. “Many thanks to our Oregon federal delegation for supporting us not only on this application but the many others like it over the past decade. Federal grant opportunities are highly competitive and their efforts were crucial in securing this lift for the economic enhancement of Medford.”

The City would like to thank Senator Jeff Merkley, Senator Ron Wyden, and Congressman Greg Walden for their support of this project and for advocating to Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao on Medford's behalf.
 
The City would also like to thank the following community partners for their support of this multi-year effort: Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Jackson County, the City of Central Point, and the Rogue Valley Transit District.
 
An agreement with the Federal Highway Administration must be completed before any work can start and this process can take a number of months.  This grant funds part of nine identified projects along the Foothill Road/North Phoenix Corridor, plus the South Stage Road overcrossing, which are part of the City’s 20-year Transportation System Plan (TSP).

Statement from Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Senator Ron Wyden
Statement from Congressman Greg Walden

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