From: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas County Department of Transportation & Development, 503-742-4274
Clackamas County, along with all Oregon counties and cities, will begin receiving additional transportation funds later this year from increased statewide vehicle registration fees and gas taxes that were approved by the Oregon Legislature in 2017.
In accordance with state law, the funds must be used on transportation facilities.
At a Jan. 9 Board of County Commissioners Policy Session, Assistant Director of Transportation and Development Mike Bezner reported that the county plans to use the additional funds to improve the safety and condition of county roads, and related transportation facilities.
The board expressed support for the plan, which includes increasing spending on maintaining and paving roads, maintaining bridges, and improving roadway safety and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The funds will be used to contract for construction and design, purchase materials, and hire maintenance and project management staff.
According to Bezner, while the funds will be used primarily to maintain the condition of major roads and a few local roads, it isn't enough to also bring all local roads up to a good condition.
"Our projections show that we still won't have the funds to work on all of our neighborhood streets, which make up about half of our 1,400-mile road system," Bezner said. "We'll be able to catch a few local roads when we work on adjacent arterial or collector roads, but otherwise we will not be able to significantly improve low-volume roads in neighborhoods except for pothole repairs."
Based on state and local projections, Clackamas County will receive an additional $3 million in 2018, increasing each year until 2027, when the additional amount is projected to be approximately $13 million. That additional $13 million is expected to continue in subsequent years.
For more information, members of the media and public may contact Mike Bezner at email@example.com or 503-742-4651.