The temporary 10 cent-a-gallon gas tax approved by Portlanders voters in May takes effect on Jan. 1.
In one of his last official acts in office, former Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick held a press conference Thursday to review the first 20 street projects funded with bond proceeds supported by the projected revenue, and to announce a schedule for future projects.
“Last May, Portland voters decided to pay a higher gas tax in order to fix the streets and make them safer,” said Novick, who is in charge of the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “With the 20 base repair projects, PBOT has already started to fix the streets. In 2017, Portlanders will see more streets repaved, dangerous intersections fixed, sidewalks installed, and greenways improved. They’ll also see strong emphasis on creating safe routes to schools. In short, they’ll see their dime in action.”
Novick held the press conference with PBOT Director Leah Treat at a recently completed repair project near the intersection of Southeast Milwaukie and Ramona Streets. There, PBOT crews fixed a failing section of street and installed a new concrete bus pad along TriMet bus route 19.
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