EUGENE, Ore. -- The US Department of Transportation has announced Oregon will receive $36.3 million dollars to cover the cost of road and bridge repairs as part of their Emergency Relief program.
According to reports, a combined $10 million will go to cover the repairs from the winter storms that struck in February and April this year. More than $26 million will go to covering the costs for flooding and other winter weather events dating back to 2015.
Oregon Department of Transportation spokeswoman Katherine Benenati said they take money out of their general fund to do emergency repairs and this payment is a reimbursement. She said the payment will allow them to do more improvement projects across the state.
"This gives us back funding to work with things like potholes, roadside vegetation management and litter patrol, and we also look at larger projects and equipment," Benenati said.
Oakridge resident Dwayne Edwards said during this year's winter storms, he lost power and was stuck at home for days on end. He's hoping ODOT uses the money to get prepared for whatever else Mother Nature throws at them next.
"We could really use the money to prepare for the next time this happens because the people of Oakridge really suffered," Edwards said.
Thirty-eight other states also received funding through the US Department of Transportation for a combined value of $871.2 million.
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