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ODOT to add local link to ‘electric highway’

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 11th, 2012

The site of Three Rivers Casino and Hotel will be another stop in the planned “electric highway,” according to Art James, project director for ODOT’s Oregon Innovative Partnerships Program (OIPP).

James manages a project to ensure consumers with electric vehicles can go almost anywhere in Oregon without worrying about where to charge their cars.

The project director said on Monday that an agreement was recently reached with the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, who own the casino property, to put an electric vehicle charging station on the site. The exact spot for the station, scheduled for installation early next year, is yet to be determined.

The U.S. Department of Transportation funds this particular part of the electric vehicle charging network. The project calls for installations along major transportation corridors outside urban areas in Oregon.

Before deciding on the casino site, two spots were considered first. Both were located on Port of Siuslaw-owned property.

The preferred site was in the parking lot of the port’s former office on Bay Street. That site was rejected by the port because the district plans to eventually sell or lease the property. An alternate site, in the Nopal Street parking lot, was also rejected by the port because it required a costly soil study before installation.

For the complete article see the 12-12-2012 issue.

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