Oregon Should Use Federal Infrastructure Funds for Wildlife Crossings
Pew testimony outlines how allocations could save lives and money
On Dec. 7, 2021, an expert from The Pew Charitable Trusts testified before the Oregon Transportation Commission and Department of Transportation on how the state should use the $1.2 billion in federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funds allocated for Oregon’s transportation system.
Pew recommended that the department provide at least $10 million of the funds—less than 1% of the total amount—to address wildlife-vehicle collision hot spots in the state.
The testimony highlighted the broad public support for wildlife crossing solutions, as well as the economic and public safety benefits.
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