Oregon wine country bypass scaled back



MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — A road project in Oregon’s wine country that has been planned for years is being scaled back on the assumption that $30 million in federal funds won’t be available.

The News-Register of McMinnville reports (http://bit.ly/pWDL2D ) that planners now say the Newberg-Dundee Bypass will be shorter than planned, with only one lane in each direction.

Officials say the Congress hasn’t been able to pass even routine transportation allocations, so work on the bypass should proceed on the expectation that federal money won’t be available.

The Oregon Legislature has provided $192 million for the project designed to allow through traffic to avoid congestion on the Yamhill County stretch of Oregon 99W.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2014.


Information from: News-Register, http://www.newsregister.com