The Oregon Transportation Commission approved spending $124 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding provided by Congress at the end of 2020 for Oregon roads.

Recognizing that gas tax revenue for roads declined as people have stayed home during the pandemic, Congress provided $10 billion in relief funding for roads nationwide. The federal money can be used for both construction projects and operations and maintenance activities, such as plowing snow, patching potholes, and carrying out other activities, by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and local governments to keep roads safe and open to traffic.

ODOT estimates that Oregon will see its State Highway Fund revenue fall by about $225 million in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic and resulting recession, so the federal funding will make up abo