The sequel to the gas tax increase goes to the May 19 ballot
Portland voters will be asked in the May 19 primary election to renew the city's 10-cent-per-gallon gas tax, which funds street repairs and improvements.
The four-year gas tax was first approved by voters at the May 2016 primary election. It already has raised more than $64 million for such projects.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation has prepared a $74.5 million list of additional projects that it presented to the council before the referral vote.
Next time you walk, drive, bike, ride a scooter or navigate on skateboard around the streets of Southwest Portland, you can see for yourself how some of the money from Portland's 2016 10-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase was spent.
SOUTHWEST VERMONT STREET: Improvements to this major east-west arterial street run from just past Portland city limits south of Alpenrose Farms to the intersection of Southwest 30th and Capitol Highway.
SOUTHWEST 45TH STREET: The section of this wide street that runs from Gabriel Park (Nevada Street) to just south of Beaverton Hillsdale Highway (Pendleton Street) has been repaved and fitted out for bike lanes..
SOUTHWEST CAPITOL HIGHWAY IN MULTNOMAH VILLAGE: The good news is that some improvements have been made. The bad news is that there's more work to be done that didn't get done during the last dry-weather build season. "
SOUTHWEST CAPITOL HIGHWAY BETWEEN GARDEN HOME AND BARBUR: This is such a huge project that the gas tax dime is just one of half a dozen sources of funding from sewer rates to the state lottery. (See related story on page 12.)
SOUTHWEST CAPITOL HIGHWAY BETWEEN THE CROSSROADS AND PCC SYLVANIA – PBOT shrunk the four lanes to two near Markham School and put in protected bike lanes last September.
SOUTHWEST BEAVERTON HILLSDALE HIGHWAY: You may have been watching your speed closely so you wouldn't get caught on camera going faster than 40 mph and not noticed the "walking, biking and crossing improvements" put in place between Southwest 39th and 30th.
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