PBOT News Blog: Fixing Our Streets Program funds fundamental grind and pave projects that help everyone

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PBOT News Blog:

Fixing Our Streets Program funds fundamental grind and pave projects that help everyone

Essential stewardship of the City of Portland's largest and most valuable asset 



First and Main BEFORE with Bike

The pavement was in very poor condition at SW Main Street just west of the Hawthorne Bridge, a pivotal entrance to downtown Portland. The Fixing Our Streets Program funded a project that ground off the top layer of asphalt and repaved it, saving money and improving safety for everyone. Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.


First and Main AFTER with bike and car

Thanks to the Fixing Our Streets Program, the surface of SW Main Street was repaved, making a smoother, more comfortable experience for everyone. Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(May 28, 2019) In the coming weeks, Portland's Fixing Our Streets Program will start grinding and repaving Southwest Capitol Highway in the Multnomah Village business district and North Denver Avenue in the Kenton area.

Those are just two of eight paving projects in construction this year with the program.

Thanks to Fixing Our Streets, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is able to maintain more streets sooner, preventing potholes for years to come and avoiding the need for more expensive road reconstruction. Well maintained streets are fundamental to getting Portlanders from place to place safely and comfortably.

Everyone has a financial stake in street maintenance, because it is essential to stewardship of the City of Portland's largest and most valuable asset: its network of 4,800 lane miles of pavement on city streets, worth a replacement value of more than $8 billion.

See how crews grind and repave city streets, replacing the top layer of asphalt, preventing potholes for years to come

Grind and pave VIDEO screen shot with icon from Sarah

Video by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Grind and pave projects maintain the street pavement by removing the top layers of asphalt and replacing them with fresh layers that provide a smooth surface to withstand rain, heat and snow, virtually pothole free for 15 to 20 years.

PBOT crews focus their paving work on keeping streets from falling into poor or very poor condition. This approach saves Portland money because the worse a street’s condition, the more expensive it is to fix.

Fixing Our Streets has provided funding for contractors to do work that involves deeper, more expensive road paving improvements. The program has generated jobs for a wide variety of private contractors that work on paving, excavation, and concrete, as well as electrical workers who install traffic signals. That's because repaving can often trigger the need for new corner ramps, sidewalk repairs or signals.

Fixing Our Streets has helped more widely share Portland's economic prosperity. The program started with a goal of awarding more than 30 percent of contracts to Disadvantaged, Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, Emerging Small Businesses, Service Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises (D/M/W/ESB/SDVBE) contractors.

The program more than doubled that goal--awarding 68 percent of its low-bid contracts to D/M/W/ESB/SDVBE firms, creating opportunities for businesses and workers who historically have not enjoyed equal access to economic opportunity.

Fixing Our Streets paving projects will not meet all of Portland’s pavement maintenance needs, but they represent a significant step in the right direction. They will help Portland close the gap and get more streets into the condition that Portlanders expect.

Learn more about grind and pave projects as well as Safe Routes to School and other improvements that are under way all over Portland at the Fixing Our Streets Program website

paid for by Fixing Our Streets

The Fixing Our Streets program, paid for by a local gas tax approved by Portland voters in May 2016 and a heavy vehicle use tax, is Portland’s first local funding source for transportation. Fixing Our Streets is invested in street maintenance and safety improvements. The City Council ordinance included a project list that shows specific projects that are intended to be funded. The list of projects can be found at www.fixingourstreets.com. 

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation