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How Oregon plans to spend the federal transportation money

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The federal infrastructure bill is all done, and here come the dollars.

Call it BIF (Big Infrastructure Framework) or IIJA (The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act), the effect is the same: a big ratcheting up of spending on infrastructure, much of it in transportation.

Oregon alone, by no means the biggest or most populous state, figures to get an additional billion dollars in transportation money over the five years of the act, above what it was already in line to get.

Travis Brouwer is Assistant Director of Revenue, Finance and Compliance at the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT); he visits with highlights of plans to spend that money.

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