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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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Heavy Vehicles Use Tax

Truck on road

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 approximately $8 million before the heavy-vehicle use tax expires or is reauthorized by City Council in 2020.

Questions or comments about Fixing Our Streets may be submitted to:

Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Projects


North Marine Drive: North Kelly Point Park to Leadbetter

North Lombard Street: North Ramsey to 2,500 feet north

North Going Street: Interstate Blvd to I-5 ramp

Guard Rail Replacement

Airport Way: I-205 – Riverside, NE

North Marine Drive Pedestrian Crossing

NE 105th & Sandy Blvd Intersections

Columbia Blvd: Burgard-82nd, N/NE

Projects currently in planning / design / construction

Cornfoot Rd: 47th Avenue – Alderwood, NE

33rd and Marine Drive

Bridge Column Safety

- The Bridge Column Safety Project will upgrade existing impact attenuators or install new impact attenuators at key locations around the City of Portland. Impact attenuators are designed to absorb collisions to reduce damages to transportation infrastructure and motorists, or to redirect the vehicle away from the hazard entirely.

MLK: Tillamook to Columbia, 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)