Sisters, Ore. -- The Oregon Transportation Commission has awarded the remaining $6.5 million in Connect Oregon funds, and Sisters Eagle Airport is one of the recipients. The airport received over $733 thousand for capital improvement as one of six projects to share the remaining funds.
Tom Fuller with the Oregon Department of Transportation says the idea is to benefit projects that have more reach when it comes to transportation.
"Connect Oregon is designed to be other than highway projects," Fuller says. "So that's where the multimodal comes into play. A mode of transportation is like riding on a truck, going on a train, getting on a bike or walking. So multimodal projects try to tie more than one means of transportation together."
Since Connect Oregon was first approved by the legislature in 2005, it has funded more than 130 projects. That includes bicycle and pedestrian projects. The other five projects to receive funds include areas like Eugene, Columbia County and Salem, and fund everything from bike sharing to mass transit.