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Juntura Cutoff Road Project Receives $2 Million Funding Allocation

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

VALE, Ore. - The Malheur/Harney County Juntura Cutoff Road Project has received approval for $2 million of funding in response to their proposed Oregon Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) application. 

 

Malheur County, in partnership with Harney County, Business Oregon, ODOT, Regional Solutions, BLM, and EP Minerials compiled and submitted an Oregon FLAP application as part of a funding package to replace the deteriorating Juntura Cutoff Road. The total funding package to replace the seven-mile long road is anticipated to total between $6 million and $6.5 million. The $2 million allocation will be combined with dollars from Malheur County, Harney County, EP Minerals, and state partners to cover the total project cost. Over the years, the road deterioration has VALE, Ore. - The Malheur/Harney County Juntura Cutoff Road Project has received approval for $2 million of funding in response to their proposed Oregon Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) application. Malheur County, in partnership with Harney County, Business Oregon, ODOT, Regional Solutions, BLM, and EP Minerals compiled and submitted an Oregon FLAP application as part of a funding package to replace the deteriorating Juntura Cutoff Road. The total funding package to replace the seven-mile long road is anticipated to total between $6 million and $6.5 million. The $2 million allocation will be combined with dollars from Malheur County, Harney County, EP Minerals, and state partners to cover the total project cost. Over the years, the road deterioration has created safety concerns in addition to substantial cost increases from EP Minerals. "Replacing the Juntura Cutoff Road is imperative to Malheur County due to the significant economic impact it has to our region," said Malheur County Judge Dan Joyce. "It provides access to federal lands for recreation, first responders, ranchers, and business operations for EP Minerals, one of Malheur County's largest employers." "We have a great team of individuals working together to find a funding solution to this large project," said Don Hodge, Malheur County Commissioner. "Without this collaboration from the State of Oregon, EP Minerals, and others, we would find it toughs to accomplish this task." "The replacement of the Juntura Cutoff Road is significant," said Larry Wilson, Malheur County Commission. "It will reduce operational expenses for EP Minerals and allow them to focus on long-term goals that include possible site expansion and job creation for the region." Malheur County Economic Development, Business Oregon, Regional Solutions, ODOT, and EP Minerals will continue to take the lead in finalizing the total funding package. created safety concerns in addition to substantial cost increases from EP Minerals. 

 

"Replacing the Juntura Cutoff Road is imperative to Malheur County due to the significant economic impact it has to our region," said Malheur County Jduge Dan Joyce. "It provides access to federal lands for recreation, first responders, ranchers, and business operations for EP Minerals, one of Malheur County's largest employers."

 

"We have a great tema of individuals working together to find a funding solution to this large project," said Don Hodge, Malheur County Commissioner. "Without this collaboration from the State of Oregon, EP Minerals, and others, we would find it tought to accomplish this task." 

 

"The replacement of the Juntura Cutoff Road is signifciant," said Larry Wilson, Malheur County Commission. "It will reduce operational expenses for EP Minerals and allow them to focus on long-term goals that include possible site expansion and job creation for the region." 

 

Malheur County Economic Development, Business Oregon, Regional Solutons, ODOT, and EP Mineraisl will continue to take the lead in finalizing the total funding package. 

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