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If voters approve on May 19, $75M becomes available; some would be spent on SW streets

Portland voters will be asked in the May 19 primary election to renew the city's 10-cent-per-gallon gas tax, which pays for street repairs and traffic safety programs.

The four-year gas tax increase was first approved by voters at the May 2016 primary election. It has raised more than $64 million for such projects.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has prepared a $74.5 million list of new projects that would be funded if the gas tax increase is continued. These projects were presented to the Portland City Council before members voted to refer the money measure to the voters. The following are a few of those projects which would affect drivers, walkers and bicyclists in Southwest Portland.

MULTNOMAH WALKWAY — If you've walked or run or ridden a bike on the north side of Multnomah Boulevard between Southwest 45th and Multnomah Village, you'll understand the need for improvement here. Some of that $74.5 million would be spent on what's called the Multnomah Walkway. A sidewalk wouldn't be installed along that stretch but separate lanes for walkers and bicyclists would be painted onto the roadway. Cost estimate: $120,000.

BERTHA BOULEVARD GREENWAY — Southwest Bertha Boulevard doesn't end where it intersects with Southwest Capitol Highway. It continues westbound parallel to Beaverton Hillsdale Highway. This plan to provide a "low stress biking and walking connection" along the last stretch of Bertha Boulevard, to complete a segment of the Red Electric Trail. Cost estimate: $250,000.

SOUTHWEST CAPITOL HIGHWAY AT SOUTHWEST 49TH STREET LIGHTS — Lighting would be enhanced along the last stretch of Capitol Highway before the PCC Sylvania campus. Cost estimate: NA.

SOUTHWEST 45TH PAVING — Work that was done on Southwest 45th north of Vermont Street would be continued closer to Beaverton Hillsdale Highway. Cost estimate: NA.

This is not a complete list of the projects in Southwest Portland that would be funded with proceeds from the 10 cent gas tax increase if voters approve its continuation. A website produced by the Portland Bureau of Transportation that provided details of these and other proposals for Southwest Portland has been taken down "because, as a city bureau, we are limited in the information we can share on pending measures," PBOT spokesperson Hannah Schafer wrote in an email.

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