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.
We are getting close to the point of no return. It’s time to make some tough decisions before it’s too late. Learn more about the options on this website, then take the roads survey to make your voice heard.
Road Funding by the Numbers
Needed to continue current service levels
Service levels are already greatly reduced; The County is currently unable to perform needed maintenance on local roads.
Needed for paving and preservation projects
Preserving a road today is 10 times less expensive than reconstructing it later.
The total annual funding gap
These funds are needed for maintaining current service levels and for paving and preservation projects.
Finding a Solution
Clackamas County Commissioners see this as a critical issue and are working to identify a long-term solution, with support from County residents. Click below to hear from each Commissioner about the importance of finding a solution to our road funding issues:
John Ludlow, Chair of Board of Commissioners
“By ORS statutes, property taxes cannot be used to pay for roads. Over 94% of the county's income comes from property taxes, but the county simply does not have the funds to do all that has to be done for road maintenance.”
Jim Bernard, Clackamas County Commissioner
“There are many more roads and intersections in the county we would like to improve, but the county simply does not have the funds to do all that is needed to maintain roads. Be street smart, and learn about your roads.”
Paul Savas, Clackamas County Commissioner
“Clackamas County and its partners will be looking at ways to fund road maintenance projects throughout the county. ”
Martha Schrader, Clackamas County Commissioner
“Working together we can find stable methods to fund road maintenance projects in Clackamas County while spending public dollars very carefully.”
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.
Featured Project: Prosperity Park
Prosperity Park in the Stafford area is a good example of a road that desperately needs preventive maintenance work to avoid further deterioration and costly reconstruction later.
Because of special one-time funding, Prosperity Park will be repaved in spring 2015. The number of roads that need this type of preventive treatment far exceeds what can be funded by the County’s budget.