The city of Pendleton didn't make the state's cut of $100 million federal stimulus funds for transportation projects.
The Oregon Transportation Commission received the transportation economic stimulus funds for local agencies. Earlier this month the city applied for about $4 million to complete the Southwest Perkins Avenue collector road from Southwest 18th Street to Tutuilla Creek Road, and for the Sunridge Estates local improvement district, which the council recently approved.
The commission made its decisions Wednesday. Bob Patterson, director of Pendleton Public Works Department, said Pendleton didn't receive any funding.
He said it all came down to project readiness. The projects that did receive funds likely had contracts in place and were ready to go, Patterson said. Now city officials will discuss hiring a consultant to prepare one or both projects for any second round stimulus funds.
Until then, Patterson said the city is moving forward with the $370,000 city streets overlay work, which the federal economic stimulus is funding.
The commission received 328 project applications totaling more than $500 million, including 172 city projects, 26 county projects and 40 rail projects. It funded 59 projects for a little more than $1 million.
Some Eastern Oregon projects did make it. The Port or Morrow received $1.484 million to develop efficient rail capacity, the city of Irrigon received more than $930,000 for sidewalk next to a frontage road and for walking and bicycle trails and the city of Milton-Freewater received $19,800 for three bus passenger shelters.
Another $850,000 will go toward improvements for rest areas along state highways in Eastern Oregon, and $4.38 million will fund roadway, guardrail and signing improvements on Highway 201 along the Oregon-Idaho border.