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From: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas County Department of Transportation & Development, 503-742-4274

03-03-15

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

County seeks public feedback on road maintenance survey

Clackamas County is urging people who live, work or play in the county to provide feedback about the future of county road maintenance by completing an online survey at ClackamasCountySurvey.com.

Clackamas County maintains more than 1,400 miles of roads. Due to increased costs and decreased stable funding from the federal government and state of Oregon, the county has a current shortfall of approximately $17 million to adequately maintain roads. That figure continues to rise yearly, necessitating a long-term solution.

Addressing the funding gap is a priority for the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). It has been more than one year since the BCC began outreach to the public and business community to gauge opinions about the funding shortage and its impacts.

In addition to the survey, which is open through mid-March, five new billboards in the northwest Clackamas County area encourage people to think about the future of their roads.

"What will ____ Road look like in 10 years?" is the billboard message, with an area county road referred to in the blank space. Four billboards are on Highway 99E (in Canby, Oregon City, Gladstone and Oak Grove) with another on Highway 213 in Happy Valley. Space on the billboards was donated to the county by Clear Channel.

This is the second week that this survey is open. For more information about this significant issue, the public is encouraged to visit www.TheRoadAhead.us, a website created by Clackamas County to educate all parties on the urgent road maintenance needs, funding challenges, consequences of inaction and potential solutions.

For more information, media may contact Community Relations Specialist Ellen Rogalin at 503-742-4274 or ellenrog@clackamas.us.

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