Seismic safety: PDX obtains $3.75 million for the track | News

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US Senators from Oregon Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden and Representative Earl Blumenauer announced that Portland International Airport (PDX) will receive $3.75 million to ensure its runway survives a major earthquake.

The funding is part of a suite of federal investments in Oregon’s emergency preparedness, public safety and economic development included in the 2022 Omnibus Spending Bill, which has now been signed into law by the President Biden.

“We appreciate Congressman Blumenauer and Senators Merkley and Wyden for their support of our request for community project funding for the design of a seismic runway at PDX,” Portland Port Executive Director Curtis Robinhold said. “The Port of Portland is deeply committed to meeting state and community needs during a crisis. A PDX-resilient runway that can withstand the effects of liquefaction could be an essential lifeline for many Oregonians. This federal funding, combined with additional state funding received in 2021, will enable the port to move this essential project forward.

Merkley and Wyden secured in the bill federal funding for disaster preparedness, economic development and airport infrastructure projects throughout Oregon.

“This bill includes bipartisan investments in our small businesses, strengthens underserved communities, and ensures that Oregon’s ports and emergency centers are able to keep Oregonians safe,” said Merkley said.

“Keeping all Oregon communities safe and investing federal funds to expand opportunities for BIPOC small businesses across the state are two priorities that emerged during my conversations with Oregonians in the town halls and grocery store aisles,” Wyden said. “I am pleased that this bill will help achieve these key goals across our state.”

“I am also excited to support Oregon communities and the Port of Portland in improving their emergency operations and resilience,” Blumenauer said.

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