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Community Road Fund: Investing in safety and relieving congestion

Vehicle Registration StickersProjects funded through the new Community Road Fund will 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.

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The following congestion relief projects funded through the Community Road Fund are scheduled to be completed over the next 5-8 years. 

  • Amisigger Road/Hwy 224 intersection:  Install traffic signal; add turn lanes
    Current status:  In design
    Estimated construction completion:  By the end of 2025
  • Barlow Road/Hwy 99E intersection study:  Initial project scoping
    Current status:  In design
    Estimated construction completion:  N/A
  • Canby-Marquam Highway/Lone Elder Road intersection:  Reconstruct; add turn lanes
    Current status:  In design
    Estimated construction completion:  By the end of 2022
  • Johnson Creek Blvd., 55th Ave. to Bell Ave.:  Widen to 3 lanes, add bike lanes, sidewalk
    Current status:  In design
    Estimated construction completion:  By the end of 2026
  • Redland Road intersections at Ferguson Road and Bradley Road:  Add turn lanes
    Current status:  In design
    Estimated construction completion:  By the end of 2022
  • Stafford Road/Childs Road intersection and Childs Road to Tualatin River:  Remove skew, add turn lanes and signals; and add paved shoulders
    Current status:  In design
    Estimated construction completion:  By the end of 2024
  • Welches Road, Hwy 26 to Birdie Lane:  Add sidewalks and paved shoulders
    Current status:  In design
    Estimated construction completion:  By the end of 2026
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The following local road paving projects funded through the Community Road Fund are scheduled to be completed in 2020:

Carus Road area

  • Carus Road:  Lower Highland Road to Beavercreek Road

Ferguson Road area

  • Ferguson Road:  Beavercreek Road to end of county maintenance

The following local road paving projects funded through the Community Road Fund are scheduled to be completed in 2021:

Webster Area 

  • Aldercrest Ct.:  Thiessen Road to Kern Ct.
  • Antigua Ave.:  Del Rey Ave. to cul-de-sac
  • Cypress Ave.:  Del Rey Ave. to Webster Road
  • Del Rey Ave.:  Cypress Ave. to Antigua Ave.
  • Del Rey Ave.:  Cypress Ave. to dead end
  • Eldorado Ct.:  Del Rey Ave. to cul-de-sac
  • Kern Ct.:  Aldercrest Ct. to cul-de-sac
  • Renada St.:  Webster Road to Delrey Ave.
  • San Marcos Ave.:  Del Rey Ave. to Webster Road

The following local road paving projects funded through the Community Road Fund are scheduled to be completed between 2022 and 2025:

Arista Drive area in Oak Grove

  • Arista Dr.:  Oak Grove Blvd to Maple St.
  • Lee Ave.:  Courtney Ave. to dead end at fence
  • Silversprings Road:  River Road to dead end

Boring area

  • 312th Dr.:  Hwy 26 to Kelso Road
  • Church Road:  Richey Road to 312th Dr.

Boyer/King Road Area 

  • King Road:  82nd Ave. to Owen Dr.
  • King Road:  Owen Dr. to Spencer Road
  • Owen Dr.:  85th Ave. to King Road
  • Owen Dr.:  King Road to Owen Dr. cont.
  • Spencer Ct.:  Spencer Road to CCCC
  • Spencer Dr.:  Dead end to dead end

Cherryville Dr. area

  • Baty Road:  Cherryville Dr. to end of county maintenance @ 48100
  • Baty Road:  Cherryville Dr. to Hwy 26
  • 502nd Ave.:  Baty Road to end of county maintenance @ 19952

Marquam Area 

  • Drake Road S:  OR 213 to Marion County line
  • Farm Road S:  Drake Road to Oster Road
  • Farm Road S:  Monte Cristo to Oster Road
  • Oster Road:  Farm Road to Monte Cristo Road
  • Oster Road:  Kropf Road to Farm Road

McLoughlin Neighborhood 

  • Bunnell St.:  Park Entrance Road to Chestnut St.
  • Chestnut St.:  OR 99E to Woodland Way
  • Laurel St.:  Park Entrance Road to dead end
  • Maple St.:  OR 99E to Bunnell St.
  • Park Entrance Road:  Rupert Dr. to Bunnell St.
  • Park Road:  Chestnut St. to Pine Ln.
  • Pine Ln.:  Woodland Way to Bunnell St.
  • Walnut St.:  Bunnell Road to Woodland Way
  • Woodland Way:  Chestnut St. to Chestnut St.

Mulino area

  • Adkins Cir:  Mulino Road to Mulino Road
  • Airport Road:  Mulino Road to Landing Ln.
  • Blount Road:  Bremer Road to Township Road
  • Bremer Road:  Haines Road to Central Point Road
  • Buff Road:  Cul-de-sac to Fish Road
  • Fish Road:  Bluff Road to Mulino Road
  • Haines Road:  OR 99E to 1st St.
  • Landing Ln.:  Mulino Road to Airport Road
  • Lilli Ln.:  Mulino Road to dead end

Thiessen Area 

  • Ancona Ct.:  Vista Ln. to cul-de-sac
  • Bantam Ct.:  Vista Ln. to cul-de-sac
  • Cornish Ct.:  Vista Ln. to cul-de-sac
  • El Centro Ct.:  El Centro Way to cul-de-sac
  • El Centro Way:  Hill Road to El Camino Way
  • Harmon Ct.:  Thiessen Road to cul-de-sac
  • La Mesa Way:  Hill Road to El Centro Way
  • Sierra Vista Dr.:  Thiessen Road to cul-de-sac
  • Vista Ln.:  Thiessen Road to end of county maintenance
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The following safety projects funded through the Community Road Fund are scheduled to be completed in 2020:

  • 282nd Avenue and Haley Road
    Interim: improve intersection warning: stop ahead signs and pavement markings, larger signs, more stop signs and/or other intersection warning or regulatory signs
  • Bob Schumacher Road and Causey Road
    All protected-permitted left-turn signal, flashing yellow arrow southbound, 3-inch reflective strip on 6 other signal heads, dilemma zone protection, signal ahead signs with street names; complete ADA improvements as needed
  • Johnson Creek Boulevard and Bell Avenue
    Replace old 12-inch and 8-inch signal heads with new heads and LEDs, replace east/west dog-house heads with 4-section flashing yellow arrows, add advance signal ahead signs
  • Johnson Creek Boulevard and Linwood Road
    Add 3-inch reflective strips on back plates, dilemma zone protection, bike signal and detection, bike/pedestrian crosswalk and markings, and advance signal ahead signs
  • Sunnyside Road and Sunnybrook Boulevard
    Add 3-inch reflective strip on 11 signal heads, dilemma zone protection, advance signal heads with street names

The following safety projects funded through the Community Road Fund are scheduled to be completed between 2021 and 2025:

  • Bluff Rd & 327th Ave: Reconfigure intersection using the existing footprint
  • Canby-Marquam Highway: Implement Road Safety Audit recommendations
  • Johnson Creek Boulevard and 74th Avenue: Improve intersection warning: stop ahead signs and pavement markings, larger signs, additional stop signs and/or other intersection warning or regulatory signs
  • King Road and 66th Avenue: Improve intersection warning: stop ahead signs and pavement markings, larger signs, additional stop signs and/or other intersection warning or regulatory signs
  • Sunnyside Road: Conduct Road Safety Audit
  • 362nd Avenue and Colorado Road
    Improve intersection warning: stop ahead signs and pavement markings, larger signs, additional stop signs and/or other intersection warning or regulatory signs
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This $30 fee will be paid by Clackamas County residents when they register their car, truck, van, trailer or other passenger vehicle or motorcycle.

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

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In accordance with state law 2017 ORS 803.305¹, Exemptions from general registration requirements, 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

City

Population
(July 1, 2017)
Annual Revenue*
Lake Oswego** 34,855 $703,222
Oregon City 34,240 $690,807
West Linn 25,615 $516,794
Wilsonville** 21,260 $428,938
Milwaukie 20,510 $413,798
Happy Valley 18,680 $376,877
Canby 16,420 $331,281
Gladstone 11,660 $235,246
Sandy 10,655 $214,969
Damascus*** 10,625 $214,364
Molalla 9,085 $183,294
Estacada 3,155 $63,654
Tualatin** 2,911 $58,741
Portland** 766 $15,455
Johnson City 565 $11,399
Rivergrove** 459 $9,253
Barlow 135 $2,724
County 412,672 $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

Measure Estimated cost Crash reduction
Adding all-way stop-control signs with flashers in rural areas
Example: Canby-Marquam/Lone Elder
$70,000 per installation 60%
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 mile 50%
Installing curve warning signs
Example: Feyrer Park Road, Borland Road, Wright Road, Lower Highland Road, Kropf Road
$9,000 per mile 16%*
Installing intersection warning signs in rural areas
Example: Beavercreek/Union Mills, Bradley/Holcomb, Haines/Territorial
$2,000 per installation 25%
Installing guardrail
Example: Portions of Foster Road, Ten Eyck Road, Central Point Road, Bull Run Road
$30,000–50,000 per installation depending on length 47%**
Installing traffic signals
Example: Redland/Holly, 82nd Dr./Strawberry, Airport/Miley, 282nd/Haley
$1,000,000 77%***

* 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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Some projects may begin as soon as late 2020, but the larger projects will take more time to design and prepare to construct. We won’t begin to receive the new revenue until 2020 and, since people pay vehicle registration fees every two years, we won’t have the full amount of revenue available until 2022.

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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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Local Gas Tax Revenue

Meetings

To help decide which road projects people believe are most needed and should be worked on first, staff held six community meetings and an online open house in July-August 2019 to gather input on road project priorities from people who live and work around the county.

Learn more about the 15-member Community Road Fund Advisory Committee.

Videos

  • Commission Chair Jim Bernard
  • Commissioner Ken Humberston
  • 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 Fund from will reduce congestion, improve safety and maintain local roads.
Comparison of miles of roads in area counties.

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 new Community Road Fund program.

  • Fees collected can only be used for road projects in Clackamas County.
  • Other Portland area counties have had local vehicle registration fees and other sources of local funding for roads to meet their local needs for many years.
  • Clackamas’ vehicle registration fee is $30/year for most passenger vehicles ($2.50/month) and $15/year for motorcycles.
  • Funds from the vehicle registration fee are dedicated to County (50%), cities in the county (40%, distributed according to population) and strategic county-city partnership projects (10%).

Clackamas County had been the only county in the Portland metropolitan area without a local source of funds to maintain its roads and build improvements to relieve congestion and make the road system safer. Clackamas County, with the most miles of roads, had been receiving the lowest amount of funding.

  Multnomah
County
Washington
County
Clackamas
County
Local Gas Tax $7M
1976
$2.1
1977
$0
Vehicle Registration Fee $10.9M $8.1M
2018
$0
Local Property Tax $0 $35M
1986
$0
Road District $0 $3.7M
1987
$0
Annual Collections $17.9M $48.9M $0

Frequently Asked Questions

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The following congestion relief projects funded through the Community Road Fund are scheduled to be completed over the next 5-8 years. 

  • Amisigger Road/Hwy 224 intersection:  Install traffic signal; add turn lanes
    Current status:  In design
    Estimated construction completion:  By the end of 2025
  • Barlow Road/Hwy 99E intersection study:  Initial project scoping
    Current status:  In design
    Estimated construction completion:  N/A
  • Canby-Marquam Highway/Lone Elder Road intersection:  Reconstruct; add turn lanes
    Current status:  In design
    Estimated construction completion:  By the end of 2022
  • Johnson Creek Blvd., 55th Ave. to Bell Ave.:  Widen to 3 lanes, add bike lanes, sidewalk
    Current status:  In design
    Estimated construction completion:  By the end of 2026
  • Redland Road intersections at Ferguson Road and Bradley Road:  Add turn lanes
    Current status:  In design
    Estimated construction completion:  By the end of 2022
  • Stafford Road/Childs Road intersection and Childs Road to Tualatin River:  Remove skew, add turn lanes and signals; and add paved shoulders
    Current status:  In design
    Estimated construction completion:  By the end of 2024
  • Welches Road, Hwy 26 to Birdie Lane:  Add sidewalks and paved shoulders
    Current status:  In design
    Estimated construction completion:  By the end of 2026
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The following local road paving projects funded through the Community Road Fund are scheduled to be completed in 2020:

Carus Road area

  • Carus Road:  Lower Highland Road to Beavercreek Road

Ferguson Road area

  • Ferguson Road:  Beavercreek Road to end of county maintenance

The following local road paving projects funded through the Community Road Fund are scheduled to be completed in 2021:

Webster Area 

  • Aldercrest Ct.:  Thiessen Road to Kern Ct.
  • Antigua Ave.:  Del Rey Ave. to cul-de-sac
  • Cypress Ave.:  Del Rey Ave. to Webster Road
  • Del Rey Ave.:  Cypress Ave. to Antigua Ave.
  • Del Rey Ave.:  Cypress Ave. to dead end
  • Eldorado Ct.:  Del Rey Ave. to cul-de-sac
  • Kern Ct.:  Aldercrest Ct. to cul-de-sac
  • Renada St.:  Webster Road to Delrey Ave.
  • San Marcos Ave.:  Del Rey Ave. to Webster Road

The following local road paving projects funded through the Community Road Fund are scheduled to be completed between 2022 and 2025:

Arista Drive area in Oak Grove

  • Arista Dr.:  Oak Grove Blvd to Maple St.
  • Lee Ave.:  Courtney Ave. to dead end at fence
  • Silversprings Road:  River Road to dead end

Boring area

  • 312th Dr.:  Hwy 26 to Kelso Road
  • Church Road:  Richey Road to 312th Dr.

Boyer/King Road Area 

  • King Road:  82nd Ave. to Owen Dr.
  • King Road:  Owen Dr. to Spencer Road
  • Owen Dr.:  85th Ave. to King Road
  • Owen Dr.:  King Road to Owen Dr. cont.
  • Spencer Ct.:  Spencer Road to CCCC
  • Spencer Dr.:  Dead end to dead end

Cherryville Dr. area

  • Baty Road:  Cherryville Dr. to end of county maintenance @ 48100
  • Baty Road:  Cherryville Dr. to Hwy 26
  • 502nd Ave.:  Baty Road to end of county maintenance @ 19952

Marquam Area 

  • Drake Road S:  OR 213 to Marion County line
  • Farm Road S:  Drake Road to Oster Road
  • Farm Road S:  Monte Cristo to Oster Road
  • Oster Road:  Farm Road to Monte Cristo Road
  • Oster Road:  Kropf Road to Farm Road

McLoughlin Neighborhood 

  • Bunnell St.:  Park Entrance Road to Chestnut St.
  • Chestnut St.:  OR 99E to Woodland Way
  • Laurel St.:  Park Entrance Road to dead end
  • Maple St.:  OR 99E to Bunnell St.
  • Park Entrance Road:  Rupert Dr. to Bunnell St.
  • Park Road:  Chestnut St. to Pine Ln.
  • Pine Ln.:  Woodland Way to Bunnell St.
  • Walnut St.:  Bunnell Road to Woodland Way
  • Woodland Way:  Chestnut St. to Chestnut St.

Mulino area

  • Adkins Cir:  Mulino Road to Mulino Road
  • Airport Road:  Mulino Road to Landing Ln.
  • Blount Road:  Bremer Road to Township Road
  • Bremer Road:  Haines Road to Central Point Road
  • Buff Road:  Cul-de-sac to Fish Road
  • Fish Road:  Bluff Road to Mulino Road
  • Haines Road:  OR 99E to 1st St.
  • Landing Ln.:  Mulino Road to Airport Road
  • Lilli Ln.:  Mulino Road to dead end

Thiessen Area 

  • Ancona Ct.:  Vista Ln. to cul-de-sac
  • Bantam Ct.:  Vista Ln. to cul-de-sac
  • Cornish Ct.:  Vista Ln. to cul-de-sac
  • El Centro Ct.:  El Centro Way to cul-de-sac
  • El Centro Way:  Hill Road to El Camino Way
  • Harmon Ct.:  Thiessen Road to cul-de-sac
  • La Mesa Way:  Hill Road to El Centro Way
  • Sierra Vista Dr.:  Thiessen Road to cul-de-sac
  • Vista Ln.:  Thiessen Road to end of county maintenance
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The following safety projects funded through the Community Road Fund are scheduled to be completed in 2020:

  • 282nd Avenue and Haley Road
    Interim: improve intersection warning: stop ahead signs and pavement markings, larger signs, more stop signs and/or other intersection warning or regulatory signs
  • Bob Schumacher Road and Causey Road
    All protected-permitted left-turn signal, flashing yellow arrow southbound, 3-inch reflective strip on 6 other signal heads, dilemma zone protection, signal ahead signs with street names; complete ADA improvements as needed
  • Johnson Creek Boulevard and Bell Avenue
    Replace old 12-inch and 8-inch signal heads with new heads and LEDs, replace east/west dog-house heads with 4-section flashing yellow arrows, add advance signal ahead signs
  • Johnson Creek Boulevard and Linwood Road
    Add 3-inch reflective strips on back plates, dilemma zone protection, bike signal and detection, bike/pedestrian crosswalk and markings, and advance signal ahead signs
  • Sunnyside Road and Sunnybrook Boulevard
    Add 3-inch reflective strip on 11 signal heads, dilemma zone protection, advance signal heads with street names

The following safety projects funded through the Community Road Fund are scheduled to be completed between 2021 and 2025:

  • Bluff Rd & 327th Ave: Reconfigure intersection using the existing footprint
  • Canby-Marquam Highway: Implement Road Safety Audit recommendations
  • Johnson Creek Boulevard and 74th Avenue: Improve intersection warning: stop ahead signs and pavement markings, larger signs, additional stop signs and/or other intersection warning or regulatory signs
  • King Road and 66th Avenue: Improve intersection warning: stop ahead signs and pavement markings, larger signs, additional stop signs and/or other intersection warning or regulatory signs
  • Sunnyside Road: Conduct Road Safety Audit
  • 362nd Avenue and Colorado Road
    Improve intersection warning: stop ahead signs and pavement markings, larger signs, additional stop signs and/or other intersection warning or regulatory signs
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This $30 fee will be paid by Clackamas County residents when they register their car, truck, van, trailer or other passenger vehicle or motorcycle.

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

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In accordance with state law 2017 ORS 803.305¹, Exemptions from general registration requirements, 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

City

Population
(July 1, 2017)
Annual Revenue*
Lake Oswego** 34,855 $703,222
Oregon City 34,240 $690,807
West Linn 25,615 $516,794
Wilsonville** 21,260 $428,938
Milwaukie 20,510 $413,798
Happy Valley 18,680 $376,877
Canby 16,420 $331,281
Gladstone 11,660 $235,246
Sandy 10,655 $214,969
Damascus*** 10,625 $214,364
Molalla 9,085 $183,294
Estacada 3,155 $63,654
Tualatin** 2,911 $58,741
Portland** 766 $15,455
Johnson City 565 $11,399
Rivergrove** 459 $9,253
Barlow 135 $2,724
County 412,672 $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

Measure Estimated cost Crash reduction
Adding all-way stop-control signs with flashers in rural areas
Example: Canby-Marquam/Lone Elder
$70,000 per installation 60%
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 mile 50%
Installing curve warning signs
Example: Feyrer Park Road, Borland Road, Wright Road, Lower Highland Road, Kropf Road
$9,000 per mile 16%*
Installing intersection warning signs in rural areas
Example: Beavercreek/Union Mills, Bradley/Holcomb, Haines/Territorial
$2,000 per installation 25%
Installing guardrail
Example: Portions of Foster Road, Ten Eyck Road, Central Point Road, Bull Run Road
$30,000–50,000 per installation depending on length 47%**
Installing traffic signals
Example: Redland/Holly, 82nd Dr./Strawberry, Airport/Miley, 282nd/Haley
$1,000,000 77%***

* 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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Some projects may begin as soon as late 2020, but the larger projects will take more time to design and prepare to construct. We won’t begin to receive the new revenue until 2020 and, since people pay vehicle registration fees every two years, we won’t have the full amount of revenue available until 2022.

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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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