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Lane closure during Hawthorne Bridge east sidewalk work

A sidewalk widening project at the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge, near SE Grand Avenue, will require a daytime lane closure until mid-August. Multnomah County is widening the sidewalk at the east end of the Hawthorne viaduct, the eastbound structure that connects the bridge with SE Hawthorne Boulevard.

This news release is available online.

NEWS RELEASE

Release: July 18, 2014

Contact: Mike Pullen, Communications Office, 503-209-4111, mike.j.pullen@multco.us

Lane closure during Hawthorne Bridge east sidewalk work

A sidewalk widening project at the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge, near SE Grand Avenue, will require a daytime lane closure until mid-August. Multnomah County is widening the sidewalk at the east end of the Hawthorne viaduct, the eastbound structure that connects the bridge with SE Hawthorne Boulevard.

The final phase of the project involves excavating pavement and the old sidewalk on a section built on fill. The wider work area requires one of the two eastbound lanes to be closed from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on weekdays. The closed lane is used by bicyclists and pedestrians.

Eastbound motorists can avoid delays by using alternate crossings such as the Morrison Bridge.

The project will widen 415 feet of sidewalk between the Clay Street offramp and SE Grand Avenue. The current sidewalk is two feet wide, and it will be widened to six feet. New curb inlets for catch basins will be installed under the sidewalk to avoid steel gratings in the bicycle lane. New sidewalk ramps will be built on each side of the Clay Street exit and at Grand Avenue to meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, making the bridge’s south sidewalk more accessible.

Construction is expected to be completed in August.

Multnomah County maintains the Hawthorne Bridge, five other Willamette River bridges and 300 miles of roads. For more information, visit www.multco.us/bridges.

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Mike Pullen | Multnomah County Communications Office | 503-209-4111 | newsroom | twitter | facebook

NE 238th Drive closed for paving

NE 238th Drive will be closed to through traffic between NE Halsey Street and NE Glisan Street in Wood Village for paving work from Tuesday, July 22 until as late as July 29. The closure is in effect around the clock. The road will reopen as soon as paving is completed, which could be as early as this week.

This news release is available online.

NEWS RELEASE

Release: July 21, 2014

Contact: Mike Pullen, Communications Office, 503-209-4111, mike.j.pullen@multco.us

NE 238th Drive closed for paving

NE 238th Drive will be closed to through traffic between NE Halsey Street and NE Glisan Street in Wood Village for paving work from Tuesday, July 22 until as late as July 29. The closure is in effect around the clock. The road will reopen as soon as paving is completed, which could be as early as this week.

The road closure is needed to expedite the work and for safety. During the closure through traffic will detour to alternative north-south routes, such as NE 223rd Avenue and NE 257th Drive, via NE Halsey and NE Glisan/Cherry Park Road. A hard road closure will be in place between NE Glisan and NE Arata Road. Local access will be provided to residents and emergency vehicles.

For information, visit www.multco.us/roads or call 503-988-5050.

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Mike Pullen | Multnomah County Communications Office | 503-209-4111 | newsroom | twitter | facebook

New Survey Provides Further Information for Transportation Funding Working Groups

A new survey provides some additional information on Portlanders’ attitudes about transportation funding options for the citizen working groups the City has convened to advise the City about funding mechanisms to address its significant transportation needs.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Chris Warner, Chief of Staff

Office of Commissioner Novick

chris.warner@portlandoregon.gov

Office: 503-823-4682

New Survey Provides Further Information for Transportation Funding Working Groups

July 17, 2014— A new survey provides some additional information on Portlanders’ attitudes about transportation funding options for the citizen working groups the City has convened to advise the City about funding mechanisms to address its significant transportation needs.

"Some business owners were concerned that the proposed non-residential fee, based on trip generation, didn't take into account the profitability of the business. So we tested people's attitudes toward increasing the tax on business profits," said City Commissioner Steve Novick. "The most common concern we heard about the residential fee was that it was regressive. So we tested new versions of the progressive income tax. We also tested a revised version of a sales tax, combined with a business profits tax," Novick said.

The survey, conducted by DHM Research on June 19 through 22, tested separate sets of 300 voters on each of 4 funding options. It found that:

  • Portlanders were closely divided – 47% yes, 48% no - on the idea of raising the city tax on business profits to 4% from its current rate of 2.2%. (That option would raise the entire $53 million annual goal set by the Mayor and Commissioner Novick.)
  • They supported, by 50% to 45%, the idea of an income tax of one-quarter of one percent on incomes below $100,000; 1% on the amount of income between $100,000 and $250,000; 2% on the amount of income between $250,000 and $500,000; and 3% on income above $500,000.
  • And, Portlanders supported, by a margin of 60% to 37%, the idea of an income tax of 1% on incomes above $125,000, 2% on income above $250,000, and 3% on income above $500,000.
  • The survey also tested the concept of combining a smaller increase in the business profits tax (to 3.1%) with a sales tax of one-quarter of one percent that would exclude uncooked food and have a rebate for low-income people. Portlanders disapproved of that option by a margin of 59% to 36%.

Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick have set $53 million as a target for a new transportation funding mechanism. When we asked the State Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) for a rough estimate of the revenue that could be generated by these income tax options, LRO indicated that the “$125,000 and up” option would likely raise an amount in the $50-$55 million range and the option including an 0.25% rate on incomes under $100,000 would likely raise an amount in the $60-$65 million range.

Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick have called for a transportation funding mechanism that splits the responsibility for new revenue between businesses and residents. Therefore, if the working group recommends and the City moves forward with one of the income tax options, the rates outlined above will likely be halved to yield the goal amount from residential payers. In that case, the first option above would be adjusted to become an income tax of 1/8 of 1% on incomes below $100,000, ½ of 1% on income between $100,000 and $250,000, 1% on income between $250,000 and $500,000, and 1.5% on income above $500,000. The second option would be adjusted to an income tax of ½ of 1% on income between $125,000 and $250,000, 1% on income between $250,000 and $500,000, and 1.5% on income above $500,000.

LRO used Oregon taxable income (not gross income) as the basis for its rough estimates. LRO said that a couple making $60,000 in gross income, with a typical amount of deductions, would likely pay about $50 a year – or slightly over $4 a month – under an income tax rate of 1/8 of 1%.

Novick said that he expected the working groups to take the information - as well as previous surveys - into account as they work to develop modifications or alternatives to the transportation user fee Mayor Hales and Novick had proposed. "One message I take from the survey is that a sales tax is unacceptable to such a large percentage of Portlanders that we can safely say that's off the table," Novick said.

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