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In May 2016, Portland voters put their trust in the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) when they approved Measure 26-173, a new 10-cent gas tax for fixing our streets and making them safer. This was the first local funding source in the city’s history dedicated exclusively to the city’s transportation needs. That same month, Portland City Council followed this with a heavy vehicle use tax on companies operating trucks over 13 tons, so that companies paid their fair share for road repair, too.
With these funds, PBOT has been working hard to deliver for Portland. Under the banner Fixing Our Streets, PBOT manages every project funded by these taxes. Although Fixing Our Streets funds make up less than 5% of PBOT’s annual budget, these dollars allow PBOT to leverage their investments and accelerate the work it already does to maintain a safe and reliable transportation system for everyone. This is especially important as we build for a growing city.
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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.