Community Road Fund: Investing in Safety and Relieving Congestion

Community Road Fund sticker

Projects funded through the Community Road Fund increase safety, relieve congestion and maintain local roads.

Projects

The county has committed to spending the approximately $5.5 million per year of Community Road Fund revenue on three major road priorities. On Nov. 12, 2019, the Board of Commissioners approved recommendations from the Community Road Fund Advisory Committee, the Traffic Safety Commission and staff to fund the following projects over the next 5–8 years. More specific information about the exact timing of the projects will be shared as it is available.

Map of Community Road Fund projects
View our projects map.

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Project typeService areaProject Status and notesCommunity Road Fund supportEstimated construction date
Strategic Investment FundEstacadaDuus Road / Eagle Creek Road Intersection Relocation and Turn Lane ImprovementsDesign phase993,0002024
Strategic Investment FundMolallaBear Creek Bridge and Molalla Ave Shoulder Improvements  
Replace bridge and add gravel shoulders from Sawtell to Molalla city limits
Bidding process for design  
Preparing Request for Proposal
1,650,0002025
Strategic Investment FundSandy362nd Paved Shoulders and Safety Improvements  
Add paved shoulders and increase sight distance at Colorado Ave
Preparing for construction1,619,0002024
Strategic Investment FundTualatinBorland Sidewalks and Multi-use PathwayDesign expected to begin in 20241,770,0002026
Congestion reliefBartonAmisigger Road at Hwy 224 Intersection Improvements  
Install traffic signal; install turn lanes
Design phase$3,200,0002024
Congestion reliefBoringBarlow Road Intersections Improvement Study  
Initial project scoping
Bidding process  
Preparing Request for Proposal with broader Arndt Road study. 
40,000N/A
Congestion reliefStaffordStafford/Elligsen/65th 
Add roundabout, reconfigure connecting travel lanes
Preparing for design14,000,0002026
Congestion reliefRedlandRedland Road Turn Lanes  
Add turning lanes at Ferguson Road and Bradley Road 
In construction1,400,0002023
Congestion reliefStaffordStafford Road (Pattulo Way to Rosemont Road) Improvements  
Remove skew, add turns lanes and signals at Childs Road and Johnson Road; add paved bikeway from Pattulo Way to Rosemont Road
Design phase6,400,0002024-2025
Congestion reliefWelchesWelches Road (Hwy 26 to Birdie Lane) Pedestrian Improvements  
Add sidewalks and paved shoulders
Design expected to begin in 20232,700,0002025 or 2026
SafetyCountywideSchool Beacon UpgradesDesign phase578,0002024
PavingHappy Valley

Mt. Talbert area paving

  • 124th Pl: Huron St to 13620 Mather Road
  • 125th Ave: Sunnyside Road to Mather Road
  • 126th Ave: culdesac to 22701 Mather Road
  • Huron St: 126th Ave to 22499 Mather Road
  • Mather Road: 125th Ave to 12611 Mather Road
     
Planning phase933,0002025
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Project typeService areaProject Status and notesCost (CRF only)When construction started
Strategic Investment FundCanbyRoad transfers for Maple, Redwood and Locust roads and 48 ADA ramps Complete348,5822022
Congestion reliefCanbyCanby-Marquam Hwy at Lone Elder Road Intersection Improvements  
Reconstruct intersection and add a northbound left-turn lane
Complete611,4512023  
 
SafetyDamascus282nd/Haley Intersection Safety ImprovementsComplete16,2392022
SafetyHappy ValleySunnybrook Blvd Traffic Signal Improvements Complete78,0002022
SafetyMilwaukie, Happy ValleyKing Road at 66th Safety Enhancements Complete13,8602022
SafetyCanbyCanby-Marquam Highway Road Safety Audit (RSA) Project Implementation Complete  
SafetyBeavercreekBeavercreek Road and Henrici Road Safety ImprovementsComplete$50,3302020
SafetyHappy ValleyBob Shumacher/Causey Road Safety ImprovementsComplete89,9332020
SafetyMilwaukieJohnson Creek Blvd at Bell Ave Safety ImprovementsComplete6,6792020
SafetyMilwaukieJohnson Creek Blvd at Linwood Ave Safety ImprovementsComplete  
Some work moved to Linwood Ave improvements project scope
6,4662020
Local PavingBeavercreek

Carus Road

  • Beavercreek Road to Lower Highland Road
Complete306,0002020
Local PavingBeavercreek

Ferguson Road

  • Beavercreek Road to dead end (1 mile north of Henrici Road)
Complete743,0002020
Local PavingOak Grove

Arista Area Package

  • Arista Dr: Oak Grove Blvd to Maple St
  • Lee Ave: Courtney Ave to to Maple St
  • Silver Springs Road: River Road to dead end
Complete285,1972021
Local PavingOatfield

Thiessen Area Package

  • Ancona Ct: Vista Ln to culdesac
  • Bantam Ct: Vista Ln to culdesac
  • Cornish Ct: Vista Ln to culdesac
  • Harmon Ct: Thiessen Road to culdesac
  • Vista Ln: Thiessen Road to dead end
Complete392,2002021
Local PavingMilwaukie, Happy Valley

Boyer/King Area Package

  • King Road: 82nd Ave to Spencer Road
  • Owen Dr: 85th to King Road
  • Spencer Dr: dead end to dead end
  • Spencer Ct: Spencer Road to dead end
Complete749,4702022
Local PavingOak Grove

McLoughlin Neighborhood Package

  • Bunnell St: Park Entrance Rd to Chestnut St
  • Chestnut St: Hwy 99E to Woodland Wy
  • Laurel St: Park Entrance Rd to dead end
  • Maple St: Hwy 99E to Bunnell St
  • Park Road: Chestnut St to Pine Ln
  • Park Entrance Road: Rupert Dr to Bunnell St
  • Pine Ln: Woodland Wy to Bunnell Road
  • Walnut St: Bunnell Road to Woodland Wy
  • Woodland Wy: Chestnut St to Laurel St
Complete643,4682022
Local PavingOak Grove, Milwaukie

Webster Area Package

  • Aldercrest Ct: Thiessen Road to Kern Ct
  • Antigua Ave: Delrey Ave to culdesac
  • Cypress Ave: Delrey Ave to Webster Road
  • Delray Ave: Antigua Ave to dead end
  • Eldorado Ct: Delrey Ave to culdesac
  • Kern Ct: Aldercrest Ct to culdesac
  • Renada St: Webster Road to Delrey Ave
Complete1,015,6532022
Local PavingMulino

Mulino Area Package

  • Macksburg Road: Sprague Road to OR 213
  • Sprague Road: Molalla Ave to Macksburg Road
Complete 2023
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This $30 fee is paid by Clackamas County residents when they register their car, truck, van, trailer* or other passenger vehicle or motorcycle.

The fee is collected by the state Driver and Motor Vehicle (DMV) Services Division, in conjunction with state registration fees.

* In April 2022, the Board of Commissioners approved lowering the county vehicle registration fee on utility and travel trailers from $30 per year to $5 per year. The lower fee is expected to go into effect by January 2023, after the county and state (which collects the fees) make necessary changes in the collection system.

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In accordance with state law 2017 ORS 801.041, the fee does not apply to a number of types of vehicles owned by Clackamas County residents including the following:

  • Registered farm vehicles
  • Travel trailers, campers and motor homes
  • Heavy trucks (which pay state weight-mile taxes)
  • Snowmobiles and Class I all-terrain vehicles
  • Fixed-load vehicles
  • Vehicles registered permanently to disabled veterans or former prisoners of war
  • Vehicles registered permanently as antique vehicles or as vehicles of special interest
  • Government-owned or operated vehicles including school buses or school activity vehicles, and law enforcement undercover vehicles
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Total revenue will be approximately $11 million per year.  

Estimated Annual Revenue by Jurisdiction

CityPopulation
(July 1, 2017)
Annual Revenue*
Lake Oswego**34,855$703,222
Oregon City34,240$690,807
West Linn25,615$516,794
Wilsonville**21,260$428,938
Milwaukie20,510$413,798
Happy Valley18,680$376,877
Canby16,420$331,281
Gladstone11,660$235,246
Sandy10,655$214,969
Damascus***10,625$214,364
Molalla9,085$183,294
Estacada3,155$63,654
Tualatin**2,911$58,741
Portland**766$15,455
Johnson City565$11,399
Rivergrove**459$9,253
Barlow135$2,724
County412,672$5,588,520
Strategic Investment Fund---$1,117,704

*Based on population, per state law
**Part of this city is outside Clackamas County
***Per state law, funds that would have gone to the former city go to the county for 10 years

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  • Local road maintenance ($1 million/year)
    Resurfacing urban and rural local roads – the county-owned roads that people generally use to get from their residence to a major road – has not been priority due to the low volume of traffic on these roads. With an extra $1 million a year, we’ll be able to pave 2-3 miles of urban local roads or 3-4 miles of rural local roads.
  • Congestion relief ($3.5–4 million/year)
    Helping traffic to flow more smoothly and reliably will benefit everyone. High priority projects were identified several years ago through an extensive public process and have been in our Transportation System Plan (TSP) ever since.  With a high reliance on grants from other agencies with other priorities, the VRF will provide funding for urban and rural projects that align with our local priorities.
  • Safety improvements ($500,000/year)
    Many safety projects can be implemented at a relatively low cost (road shoulders and warning signs) to make roads safer for all travelers in both urban and rural areas.
    There are many ways to improve safety on roads, including those listed below.  The list also includes a very general estimated cost for the project (this can vary considerably depending on geography and other factors), crash reduction as a result of comparable projects and examples where such improvements have been made in Clackamas County.

Safety Improvement Examples

MeasureEstimated costCrash reduction
Adding all-way stop-control signs with flashers in rural areas
Example: Canby-Marquam/Lone Elder
$70,000 per installation60%
Widening road shoulders in rural areas
Example: Rural collector/arterials such as Beavercreek Road, Springwater Road, Eagle Creek Road, Barlow Trail Road, Canby-Marquam Highway, Meridian Road, Kelso Road, Welches Road
$100,000 per mile50%
Installing curve warning signs
Example: Feyrer Park Road, Borland Road, Wright Road, Lower Highland Road, Kropf Road
$9,000 per mile16%*
Installing intersection warning signs in rural areas
Example: Beavercreek/Union Mills, Bradley/Holcomb, Haines/Territorial
$2,000 per installation25%
Installing guardrail
Example: Portions of Foster Road, Ten Eyck Road, Central Point Road, Bull Run Road
$30,000–50,000 per installation depending on length47%**
Installing traffic signals
Example: Redland/Holly, 82nd Dr./Strawberry, Airport/Miley, 282nd/Haley
$1,000,00077%***

* reduction in run-off-road crashes with injuries

** reduction in injury crashes

*** for angle but increase of 58% in rear-end crashes (calibrated for Oregon)

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  • Safety improvements will be identified and prioritized by our Traffic Safety Commission; a group of county residents that meets monthly to promote traffic safety countywide and helps develop, review and recommend policies, programs and projects that address traffic safety. 
  • local road maintenance schedule is being developed by our Transportation Maintenance experts based on a data-driven pavement management system.
  • Congestion relief projects will be identified and prioritized with the assistance of a new public advisory committee made up of residents from throughout the county. They will work from the list of 38 projects that are already identified as top priority in our Transportation System Plan.

 

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The Oregon Constitution requires vehicle registration fee revenue to only be used for road projects, so diverting this money for other purposes is not an option.

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ORS 368.705 forbids counties from using property tax revenue for roads or transportation projects.  Only revenue from fuel tax, vehicle registration fees, weight-mile taxes (paid by heavy trucks) and similar fees may be used to fund road projects.

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Safety and paving projects began in 2020. Most congestion relief projects have started planning and design with some projects slated to being construction this summer.

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Each city will decide with its residents how best to use the money. For more information, please contact your city.

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While revenue provided through state legislation passed in 2017 (House Bill 2017) provides support for several important transportation programs — including resurfacing major roads, ADA curb ramp upgrades for people with disabilities and safety projects — it is not enough to meet the larger needs of resurfacing local roads and building capital projects.

We held many public meetings, and gave numerous public presentations and every time, we were transparent about the additional funding from HB 2017, the additional source of this revenue, and the positive impact that the additional funds will have on the county. 

We also specifically indicated that HB 2017 dollars will go towards targeted road needs including paving arterials and collectors; building safety improvements; and constructing curb ramp retrofits to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  

The HB 2017 funding is not sufficient to meet other needs such as paving local roads or building congestion projects from our Transportation System Plan, which make up most of what the County will use the countywide VRF on.  In addition, VRF revenue will provide more revenue for safety projects — this is similar to HB 2017, but we can do even more to save lives on our roads.

We have provided a detailed description of where those funds will be directed both in the years leading up to, and after, we are fully funded in FY 2026/27: 

  • Arterial/Collector Paving
    Increase from $3 million to $8.5 million
  • ADA Improvements
    Increase from $180,000 to $700,000
  • Safety Improvements
    Increase from $260,000 to $1.76 million
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In the months leading up to approval of the VRF ordinance, public engagement included:

  • Articles in #ClackCo Quarterly mailed to all county residences four times a year
  • Articles in local media
  • More than 20 social media posts
  • Presentations to community and business groups that were widely publicized to CPOs and other local organizations
  • Five Board policy sessions
  • An ongoing website
  • Articles in three issues of the county monthly e-newsletter sent to 12,000 people
  • Lengthy discussions at meetings of the Clackamas County Coordinating Committee (C4), followed by deliberations at city council meetings throughout the county
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Contact Ellen Rogalin at ellenrog@clackamas.us to let us know if you would like to:

  • be added to an “interested parties” email list to learn more about the VRF, including meetings of advisory groups
  • attend meetings of the Traffic Safety Commission
  • attend meetings of the advisory committee on capital projects
  • talk with someone to get more information
  • suggest a specific transportation project on a county road that you think is needed

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Quick Facts

What is the countywide vehicle registration fee?

The vehicle registration fee is a consistent source of local, countywide revenue that allows us to complete projects most important to our residents and businesses. Revenue from the fee funds the Community Road Fund program.

  • Fees collected can only be used for road projects in Clackamas County.
  • Clackamas’ vehicle registration fee is $30/year for most passenger vehicles ($2.50/month) and $15/year for motorcycles.
  • In April 2022, the Board of Commissioners approved reducing the county fee for utility and travel trailers to $5/year. The lower fee is expected to go into effect by January 2023.
  • Funds from the vehicle registration fee are dedicated to the county (50%), cities in the county (40%, distributed according to population) and strategic county-city partnership projects (10%, see Strategic Investment Fund in project list).

Clackamas County was the only county in the Portland metropolitan area without a local source of funds to maintain its roads and build improvements. With the most miles of roads, Clackamas County continues to receive the lowest amount of funding to maintain and improve roads, bridges, bike lanes, sidewalks, traffic signals and more. 

 Multnomah 
County
Washington 
County
Clackamas 
County
Local Gas Tax$6.8 million$2.1 million$0
Local Vehicle Registration Fee$34.3 million$7.8 million$5.5 million
Local Property Tax$0 
 
$35 million$0
Road District$0$3.7 million$0
Total Annual Revenue$41.1 million$48.6 million$5.5 million

Meetings

Learn more about the 15-member Advisory Committee and what they do.

Videos

Ride-Along with Pavement Management Specialist
Take a ride with Pavement Management Specialist Grant Williams on ClackCo roads to learn about the status of our local, residential roads and how a dedicated source of local funding will allow us to begin making improvements.

Ride-Along with Traffic Engineer
Take a ride with Traffic Engineer Joe Marek on ClackCo roads to see how a dedicated source of local funding could improve the safety of our roads.

Ride-Along with Assistant Director of Transportation
Take a ride with Assistant Director of Transportation Mike Bezner on ClackCo roads to see how a dedicated source of local funding could improve the safety of our roads and relieve congestion.

ClackCo Reads Mean Tweets 
We heard your comments about the recent ordinance to ensure we have a way to pay for local road improvements. Some were nice, some were not so nice. Our employees took turns responding. Hear what they had to say and learn more about how the Community Road Fundfrom will reduce congestion, improve safety and maintain local roads.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Project typeService areaProject Status and notesCommunity Road Fund supportEstimated construction date
Strategic Investment FundEstacadaDuus Road / Eagle Creek Road Intersection Relocation and Turn Lane ImprovementsDesign phase993,0002024
Strategic Investment FundMolallaBear Creek Bridge and Molalla Ave Shoulder Improvements  
Replace bridge and add gravel shoulders from Sawtell to Molalla city limits
Bidding process for design  
Preparing Request for Proposal
1,650,0002025
Strategic Investment FundSandy362nd Paved Shoulders and Safety Improvements  
Add paved shoulders and increase sight distance at Colorado Ave
Preparing for construction1,619,0002024
Strategic Investment FundTualatinBorland Sidewalks and Multi-use PathwayDesign expected to begin in 20241,770,0002026
Congestion reliefBartonAmisigger Road at Hwy 224 Intersection Improvements  
Install traffic signal; install turn lanes
Design phase$3,200,0002024
Congestion reliefBoringBarlow Road Intersections Improvement Study  
Initial project scoping
Bidding process  
Preparing Request for Proposal with broader Arndt Road study. 
40,000N/A
Congestion reliefStaffordStafford/Elligsen/65th 
Add roundabout, reconfigure connecting travel lanes
Preparing for design14,000,0002026
Congestion reliefRedlandRedland Road Turn Lanes  
Add turning lanes at Ferguson Road and Bradley Road 
In construction1,400,0002023
Congestion reliefStaffordStafford Road (Pattulo Way to Rosemont Road) Improvements  
Remove skew, add turns lanes and signals at Childs Road and Johnson Road; add paved bikeway from Pattulo Way to Rosemont Road
Design phase6,400,0002024-2025
Congestion reliefWelchesWelches Road (Hwy 26 to Birdie Lane) Pedestrian Improvements  
Add sidewalks and paved shoulders
Design expected to begin in 20232,700,0002025 or 2026
SafetyCountywideSchool Beacon UpgradesDesign phase578,0002024
PavingHappy Valley

Mt. Talbert area paving

  • 124th Pl: Huron St to 13620 Mather Road
  • 125th Ave: Sunnyside Road to Mather Road
  • 126th Ave: culdesac to 22701 Mather Road
  • Huron St: 126th Ave to 22499 Mather Road
  • Mather Road: 125th Ave to 12611 Mather Road
     
Planning phase933,0002025
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Project typeService areaProject Status and notesCost (CRF only)When construction started
Strategic Investment FundCanbyRoad transfers for Maple, Redwood and Locust roads and 48 ADA ramps Complete348,5822022
Congestion reliefCanbyCanby-Marquam Hwy at Lone Elder Road Intersection Improvements  
Reconstruct intersection and add a northbound left-turn lane
Complete611,4512023  
 
SafetyDamascus282nd/Haley Intersection Safety ImprovementsComplete16,2392022
SafetyHappy ValleySunnybrook Blvd Traffic Signal Improvements Complete78,0002022
SafetyMilwaukie, Happy ValleyKing Road at 66th Safety Enhancements Complete13,8602022
SafetyCanbyCanby-Marquam Highway Road Safety Audit (RSA) Project Implementation Complete  
SafetyBeavercreekBeavercreek Road and Henrici Road Safety ImprovementsComplete$50,3302020
SafetyHappy ValleyBob Shumacher/Causey Road Safety ImprovementsComplete89,9332020
SafetyMilwaukieJohnson Creek Blvd at Bell Ave Safety ImprovementsComplete6,6792020
SafetyMilwaukieJohnson Creek Blvd at Linwood Ave Safety ImprovementsComplete  
Some work moved to Linwood Ave improvements project scope
6,4662020
Local PavingBeavercreek

Carus Road

  • Beavercreek Road to Lower Highland Road
Complete306,0002020
Local PavingBeavercreek

Ferguson Road

  • Beavercreek Road to dead end (1 mile north of Henrici Road)
Complete743,0002020
Local PavingOak Grove

Arista Area Package

  • Arista Dr: Oak Grove Blvd to Maple St
  • Lee Ave: Courtney Ave to to Maple St
  • Silver Springs Road: River Road to dead end
Complete285,1972021
Local PavingOatfield

Thiessen Area Package

  • Ancona Ct: Vista Ln to culdesac
  • Bantam Ct: Vista Ln to culdesac
  • Cornish Ct: Vista Ln to culdesac
  • Harmon Ct: Thiessen Road to culdesac
  • Vista Ln: Thiessen Road to dead end
Complete392,2002021
Local PavingMilwaukie, Happy Valley

Boyer/King Area Package

  • King Road: 82nd Ave to Spencer Road
  • Owen Dr: 85th to King Road
  • Spencer Dr: dead end to dead end
  • Spencer Ct: Spencer Road to dead end
Complete749,4702022
Local PavingOak Grove

McLoughlin Neighborhood Package

  • Bunnell St: Park Entrance Rd to Chestnut St
  • Chestnut St: Hwy 99E to Woodland Wy
  • Laurel St: Park Entrance Rd to dead end
  • Maple St: Hwy 99E to Bunnell St
  • Park Road: Chestnut St to Pine Ln
  • Park Entrance Road: Rupert Dr to Bunnell St
  • Pine Ln: Woodland Wy to Bunnell Road
  • Walnut St: Bunnell Road to Woodland Wy
  • Woodland Wy: Chestnut St to Laurel St
Complete643,4682022
Local PavingOak Grove, Milwaukie

Webster Area Package

  • Aldercrest Ct: Thiessen Road to Kern Ct
  • Antigua Ave: Delrey Ave to culdesac
  • Cypress Ave: Delrey Ave to Webster Road
  • Delray Ave: Antigua Ave to dead end
  • Eldorado Ct: Delrey Ave to culdesac
  • Kern Ct: Aldercrest Ct to culdesac
  • Renada St: Webster Road to Delrey Ave
Complete1,015,6532022
Local PavingMulino

Mulino Area Package

  • Macksburg Road: Sprague Road to OR 213
  • Sprague Road: Molalla Ave to Macksburg Road
Complete 2023
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This $30 fee is paid by Clackamas County residents when they register their car, truck, van, trailer* or other passenger vehicle or motorcycle.

The fee is collected by the state Driver and Motor Vehicle (DMV) Services Division, in conjunction with state registration fees.

* In April 2022, the Board of Commissioners approved lowering the county vehicle registration fee on utility and travel trailers from $30 per year to $5 per year. The lower fee is expected to go into effect by January 2023, after the county and state (which collects the fees) make necessary changes in the collection system.

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In accordance with state law 2017 ORS 801.041, the fee does not apply to a number of types of vehicles owned by Clackamas County residents including the following:

  • Registered farm vehicles
  • Travel trailers, campers and motor homes
  • Heavy trucks (which pay state weight-mile taxes)
  • Snowmobiles and Class I all-terrain vehicles
  • Fixed-load vehicles
  • Vehicles registered permanently to disabled veterans or former prisoners of war
  • Vehicles registered permanently as antique vehicles or as vehicles of special interest
  • Government-owned or operated vehicles including school buses or school activity vehicles, and law enforcement undercover vehicles
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Total revenue will be approximately $11 million per year.  

Estimated Annual Revenue by Jurisdiction

CityPopulation
(July 1, 2017)
Annual Revenue*
Lake Oswego**34,855$703,222
Oregon City34,240$690,807
West Linn25,615$516,794
Wilsonville**21,260$428,938
Milwaukie20,510$413,798
Happy Valley18,680$376,877
Canby16,420$331,281
Gladstone11,660$235,246
Sandy10,655$214,969
Damascus***10,625$214,364
Molalla9,085$183,294
Estacada3,155$63,654
Tualatin**2,911$58,741
Portland**766$15,455
Johnson City565$11,399
Rivergrove**459$9,253
Barlow135$2,724
County412,672$5,588,520
Strategic Investment Fund---$1,117,704

*Based on population, per state law
**Part of this city is outside Clackamas County
***Per state law, funds that would have gone to the former city go to the county for 10 years

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  • Local road maintenance ($1 million/year)
    Resurfacing urban and rural local roads – the county-owned roads that people generally use to get from their residence to a major road – has not been priority due to the low volume of traffic on these roads. With an extra $1 million a year, we’ll be able to pave 2-3 miles of urban local roads or 3-4 miles of rural local roads.
  • Congestion relief ($3.5–4 million/year)
    Helping traffic to flow more smoothly and reliably will benefit everyone. High priority projects were identified several years ago through an extensive public process and have been in our Transportation System Plan (TSP) ever since.  With a high reliance on grants from other agencies with other priorities, the VRF will provide funding for urban and rural projects that align with our local priorities.
  • Safety improvements ($500,000/year)
    Many safety projects can be implemented at a relatively low cost (road shoulders and warning signs) to make roads safer for all travelers in both urban and rural areas.
    There are many ways to improve safety on roads, including those listed below.  The list also includes a very general estimated cost for the project (this can vary considerably depending on geography and other factors), crash reduction as a result of comparable projects and examples where such improvements have been made in Clackamas County.

Safety Improvement Examples

MeasureEstimated costCrash reduction
Adding all-way stop-control signs with flashers in rural areas
Example: Canby-Marquam/Lone Elder
$70,000 per installation60%
Widening road shoulders in rural areas
Example: Rural collector/arterials such as Beavercreek Road, Springwater Road, Eagle Creek Road, Barlow Trail Road, Canby-Marquam Highway, Meridian Road, Kelso Road, Welches Road
$100,000 per mile50%
Installing curve warning signs
Example: Feyrer Park Road, Borland Road, Wright Road, Lower Highland Road, Kropf Road
$9,000 per mile16%*
Installing intersection warning signs in rural areas
Example: Beavercreek/Union Mills, Bradley/Holcomb, Haines/Territorial
$2,000 per installation25%
Installing guardrail
Example: Portions of Foster Road, Ten Eyck Road, Central Point Road, Bull Run Road
$30,000–50,000 per installation depending on length47%**
Installing traffic signals
Example: Redland/Holly, 82nd Dr./Strawberry, Airport/Miley, 282nd/Haley
$1,000,00077%***

* reduction in run-off-road crashes with injuries

** reduction in injury crashes

*** for angle but increase of 58% in rear-end crashes (calibrated for Oregon)

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  • Safety improvements will be identified and prioritized by our Traffic Safety Commission; a group of county residents that meets monthly to promote traffic safety countywide and helps develop, review and recommend policies, programs and projects that address traffic safety. 
  • local road maintenance schedule is being developed by our Transportation Maintenance experts based on a data-driven pavement management system.
  • Congestion relief projects will be identified and prioritized with the assistance of a new public advisory committee made up of residents from throughout the county. They will work from the list of 38 projects that are already identified as top priority in our Transportation System Plan.

 

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The Oregon Constitution requires vehicle registration fee revenue to only be used for road projects, so diverting this money for other purposes is not an option.

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ORS 368.705 forbids counties from using property tax revenue for roads or transportation projects.  Only revenue from fuel tax, vehicle registration fees, weight-mile taxes (paid by heavy trucks) and similar fees may be used to fund road projects.

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Safety and paving projects began in 2020. Most congestion relief projects have started planning and design with some projects slated to being construction this summer.

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Each city will decide with its residents how best to use the money. For more information, please contact your city.

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While revenue provided through state legislation passed in 2017 (House Bill 2017) provides support for several important transportation programs — including resurfacing major roads, ADA curb ramp upgrades for people with disabilities and safety projects — it is not enough to meet the larger needs of resurfacing local roads and building capital projects.

We held many public meetings, and gave numerous public presentations and every time, we were transparent about the additional funding from HB 2017, the additional source of this revenue, and the positive impact that the additional funds will have on the county. 

We also specifically indicated that HB 2017 dollars will go towards targeted road needs including paving arterials and collectors; building safety improvements; and constructing curb ramp retrofits to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  

The HB 2017 funding is not sufficient to meet other needs such as paving local roads or building congestion projects from our Transportation System Plan, which make up most of what the County will use the countywide VRF on.  In addition, VRF revenue will provide more revenue for safety projects — this is similar to HB 2017, but we can do even more to save lives on our roads.

We have provided a detailed description of where those funds will be directed both in the years leading up to, and after, we are fully funded in FY 2026/27: 

  • Arterial/Collector Paving
    Increase from $3 million to $8.5 million
  • ADA Improvements
    Increase from $180,000 to $700,000
  • Safety Improvements
    Increase from $260,000 to $1.76 million
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In the months leading up to approval of the VRF ordinance, public engagement included:

  • Articles in #ClackCo Quarterly mailed to all county residences four times a year
  • Articles in local media
  • More than 20 social media posts
  • Presentations to community and business groups that were widely publicized to CPOs and other local organizations
  • Five Board policy sessions
  • An ongoing website
  • Articles in three issues of the county monthly e-newsletter sent to 12,000 people
  • Lengthy discussions at meetings of the Clackamas County Coordinating Committee (C4), followed by deliberations at city council meetings throughout the county
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Contact Ellen Rogalin at ellenrog@clackamas.us to let us know if you would like to:

  • be added to an “interested parties” email list to learn more about the VRF, including meetings of advisory groups
  • attend meetings of the Traffic Safety Commission
  • attend meetings of the advisory committee on capital projects
  • talk with someone to get more information
  • suggest a specific transportation project on a county road that you think is needed

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Ellen Rogalin

Phone:503-742-4400

150 Beavercreek Road Room #225 Oregon City, OR 97045

Office Hours:

Monday to Thursday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Available by phone/email
Friday
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Phone:503-742-4400

150 Beavercreek Road Room #225 Oregon City, OR 97045

Office Hours:

Monday to Thursday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Available by phone/email
Friday
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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