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On May 17th, 2016, Portland voters passed Measure 26-173, Portland’s first local funding source dedicated to fixing our streets. Measure 26-173 will raise an estimated $64 million over four years. In the same month, the Portland City Council also passed the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, a measure that will generate an estimated additional $10 million over four years.
PBOT is investing this money in a wide variety of street improvement and safety projects across the entire city. Fixing Our Streets is helping PBOT expand preventive street maintenance that saves money and prevents potholes. It is supporting our work to make it safer for children to walk to school. It is allowing us to build more sidewalks, traffic signals, street lights and bike lanes.
In approving Measure 26-173 and the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, voters and the City Council also voted for a transparent, accountable and efficient program. Click through each section to learn more about the projects included in this program - or visit the Fixing Our Streets interactive map. Questions or comments about Fixing Our Streets may be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PBOT focuses our paving work on keeping streets from falling into poor or very poor condition. This approach saves Portland money because the worse a street’s condition, the more expensive it is to fix.
PBOT has designated 10 of the busiest streets in the City as High Crash Corridors because of the disproportionate number of crashes that occur along these stretches of Portland’s transportation system.
Base repair projects replace both the asphalt and the street’s rock base for streets that are in poor or very poor condition.
Portland currently has over 77 miles of Greenways. These additional projects will add vital links to the network, making it even easier and safer for Portlanders to get around.
Over $3.3 million in investments will fund a range of safety and traffic upgrades, including better street lighting, rapid flashing safety beacons, enhanced signage and striping and better infrastructure like ramps and pedestrian islands.
Thanks to Fixing Our Streets, PBOT will make over eight million dollars in investments to ten high school attendance areas in Portland to make the routes to the schools in these areas safer and more convenient for kids to use.
Sidewalks offer separation from vehicles in traffic lanes and boost safety, mobility, and access to active travel options. They allow people of all abilities to reach businesses, transit, schools, and other daily destinations.
Protected bike lanes greatly enhance both the perception and reality of bike safety. By providing a safer rider experience, these lanes have been shown to increase the number of people willing to try out biking as their way to get around.
The oversight committee plays an important role in ensuring the accountability of the transportation safety and maintenance program voters created when they passed Measure 26-173, the four-year, ten-cent Portland gas tax.