In Oregon, heavy vehicles (over 13 tons) don’t pay gas taxes, they pay a weight-mile tax that is based on their mileage in the state. To make sure that local transportation funding is collected in a way that accounts for freight as well as residential use of the transportation system, the City Council passed a heavy vehicle use tax in May 2016, the same month Portland voters approved a 10-cent gas tax. This way, companies operating trucks over 13 tons paid their fair share for road repair, too.
This tax generated $1.8 million for the 2016 tax year, the first year of collection. PBOT is projected to collect another $5.4 million before the heavy-vehicle use tax expires or is reauthorized by City Council in 2020.
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Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Projects
Guard Rail Replacement
Airport Way: I-205 – Riverside, NE
North Marine Drive Pedestrian Crossing
NE 105th & Sandy Blvd Intersections
Projects currently in planning / design / construction
Cornfoot Rd: 47th Avenue – Alderwood, NE
Bridge Column Safety
MLK: Tillamook to Columbia, NE
33rd and Marine Drive
Columbia Blvd: Burgard-82nd, N/NE
Morrison: Grand-14th, SE (Freight Priority)
Sandy: 96th – Killingsworth, NE (Freight Priority)
Shattuck / BH Hwy, SW (Freight Priority)
NE 47th and Cornfoot Improvements (Freight Priority)
N Marine Drive Ped Crossings (Freight Priority)