Analysis: Oregon governments need $1.3 billion more each year for transportation work

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Transportation and the state’s cities and counties estimate they need an extra $1.3 billion a year to preserve roads and bridges, ease congestion and bolster public transportation, according to an analysis state lawmakers released Wednesday. Additionally, Oregon’s cities estimate they would need $3.7 billion to deal with their backlog in road and other transportation work. Those figures would represent big increases compared with what ODOT and all of the state’s cities and counties, combined, spend on their transportation maintenance and upgrades now: about $2 billion a year. The $1.3 billion per year boost would represent a 65 percent increase. The legislative analysis includes ways lawmakers could raise money for transportation.

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