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The answer is riding on choices we make today.

Clackamas County is at the crossroads of a serious, and very expensive, problem. The county is facing a $17 million annual shortfall for essential road maintenance, due to rapidly escalating costs and the loss of stable funding.

Failure to address our road funding issue will come at a high price. The cost of future restoration is 10 times greater than the cost of preventive maintenance today.

If we allow our roads to deteriorate over the next decade, the projected cost of restoring them is a staggering $523 million.

 

Road Funding by the Numbers

$5,000,000
Needed to continue current service levels

Service levels are already greatly reduced; The County is currently unable to perform needed maintenance on local roads.

$12,000,000
Needed for paving and preservation projects

Preserving a road today is 10 times less expensive than reconstructing it later.

$17,000,000
The total annual funding gap

These funds are needed for maintaining current service levels and for paving and preservation projects.


Maintenance saves more than reconstruction costs

Well maintained roads:

  • Help protect property values and the livability of a community.
  • Save drivers money. Rough roads cost the average driver $335 a year in added vehicle operating expenses.
  • Enhance safety. Smooth pavement, clear lane markings, well-marked intersections and unobstructed site lines are critical to maintaining safe roads.

We need to find a funding solution.