April 29, 2014 | Oregonlive.com-- Portland's roads are bad and getting worse, according to the most recent status report issued by the city's transportation bureau on Tuesday.
"Every year, every month, every day that we don't act [it] gets worse," Commissioner Steve Novick said Tuesday. Novick oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation, and is leading the push to find new revenue sources to address what the city says is a long-standing decline of roads, sidewalks, street lights and other necessities.
The 2013 annual report underscores what Novick, Mayor Charlie Hales and PBOT officials have been saying for months: Portland needs to do something to improve its deteriorating transportation network. It's a refrain outlined in a report from City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade last year in a scathing audit.
"Time really does matter," Novick said. "Time is our enemy."
Novick and Hales are hosting the last scheduled transportation town hall meeting on Thursday at Woodstock School in Southeast Portland from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. A proposed $8 or $12 monthly street fee for residents to help pay for safety and maintenance projects continues to be the frontrunner in terms of potential funding strategies. Novick said the city needs to make a decision within the next couple months.
More of the city's 4,827 lane miles of roads were classified as either in "'poor" or "very poor" condition in the 2012-13 fiscal year than in the previous year. All told, 48 percent of arterial and collector streets, the largest and most heavily used roads, are in poor or very poor condition, according to the report. That's an 8 percentage point increase from the previous year.
Neighborhood streets are actually in worse shape, according to the report, with 54 percent of roads in poor or very poor condition, compared to 47 the previous year..
PBOT officials rate the roads on a scale of 0-100 (worst to best) with a score of 65 or greater representing fair, good or READ FULL ARTICLE