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State funds targeted for airports, roads

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneThe $4.25 million in ODOT funding for the Medford airport includes $2.5 million toward the airport’s east side heavy duty aircraft apron expansion, and the other $1.75 million will cover a portion of a $5 million technical and training education center.
$5.94 million in grants recommended for Medford, Prospect airports

Proposed safety improvements to portions of Redwood Highway and updates on close to $6 million in state grants for Jackson County airports will be discussed at a public meeting in White City early next week.

A final review committee’s recommendation for allocating nearly $24 million in state transportation grants to five southwest Oregon counties — including $4.25 million for the Medford airport and another $1.69 million for the Prospect airport — are among items on the agenda for the Rogue Valley Area Commission on Transportation’s meeting slated for 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Jackson County Parks Auditorium, 7520 Table Rock Road, White City, and via Zoom.

Combined, more than $23.9 million in Connect Oregon grants have been prioritized by the final review committee, according to the agenda touching on air, sea and railways in Jackson, Josephine, Coos, Curry and Douglas counties.

The $4.25 million in ODOT Connect Oregon funding for the Medford airport includes $2.5 million toward the airport’s $12.05 million east side heavy duty aircraft apron expansion, and the other $1.75 million will cover a portion of a $5 million technical and training education center at the airport, according to the agenda and a March news report.

Another $1,693,200 in state funding sought by the Oregon Department of Aviation would cover about $2.5 million worth of runway reconstruction and electrical improvements at the Prospect State Airport.

Josephine County would receive $1.775 million toward nearly $3.964 in runway extensions and another $840,000 toward aircraft fueling system improvements at the Illinois Valley Airport worth $1.2 million.

Also on the meeting agenda will be feedback on a host of pedestrian access and road sign improvements for a seven-mile stretch of Redwood Highway. The U.S. 199 Corridor Plan looks at how the state Transportation Commission will allocate Investment Infrastructure and Jobs Act allocations, along with ODOT construction updates.

According to ODOT spokesman Gary Leaming, the project is looking at ways to consolodate some driveways in the area and make Kerby and Selma more visible.

Further, ODOT has already hired a tree-cutting contractor to remove trees near the roadway that motorists have struck or risk striking.

“We’re always looking for that low-hanging fruit to improve safety for drivers,” Leaming said.

The public meeting Zoom meeting ID No. is 895 4972 0329. It will also be available by phone by calling 669-900-6833. For more information, or to request accommodations prior to the public meeting, call 541-774-6299.

Reach web editor Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTwebeditor.