Portland streets need attention. While the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has a goal of maintaining 80% of arterial and collector streets in fair or better condition and no more than two percent in very poor condition, that is not the current state of our streets. After years of insufficient funding to maintain Portland’s main thoroughfares, only 61% are in fair or better condition while 39% are in poor or very poor condition.
For local, or neighborhood, streets where the majority of Portlanders live, PBOT’s goal is to keep the system in its current condition. That means 60% in fair or better condition and no more than 11% in very poor condition. Currently, 53% of neighborhood streets are rated fair or better and 47% are in poor or very poor condition. Learn more about the types of street maintenance and PBOT's pavement maintenance policy.