SEASIDE - The $32 million, previously earmarked for Seaside's rejected U.S. Highway 101 project, was officially reassigned to other projects by the Oregon Transportation Commission Wednesday.

Local citizen Russ Earl and Seaside City Councilors Diana Schafer and Don McKay traveled to Salem Wednesday to argue against the reassignment.

"We asked that the Seaside project be removed from the consent agenda and re-evaluated and they turned us down unanimously," Earl said.

Schafer said the meeting went as expected, with the commission admonishing the three Seaside representatives that "You were told beforehand that the money will go away."

Schafer said she wished the commission had listened better, but she is still glad she attended. Department of Transportation Director Bruce Warner told Schafer and McKay outside the OTC meeting that ODOT will work with Seaside on their Transportation Systems Plan.

"We need to get going and work on our TSP," Schafer said.

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