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PBOT to break ground on first project funded by gas tax increase

Remember the gas tax increase Portlanders voted in favor of back in May? Now the first project is ready to happen and PBOT is (rather wisely) adding some pomp and circumstance to it.

Check the release below for an event in southeast Portland on Monday:

Commissioner Steve Novick and Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) Director Leah Treat will celebrate the first groundbreaking of the Fixing Our Streets Program on Monday, September 19 at 9:00 AM at a base repair project at the intersection of SE 104th and Bush.

Base repair projects fix those portions of a street that have failed from top to bottom. The goal of these base repair projects is to prevent the structural failure from spreading to other parts of the street. PBOT crews excavate out the existing roadway and re-compacting the street base, adding additional rock where needed then constructing a new base layer of asphalt and adding a final lift of asphalt to complete the project. The project at SE 104th and Bush is a high volume street one block south of Powell Boulevard, adjacent to Ed Benedict Park and the Portland Memory Garden and only a few blocks from Earl Boyles Elementary School.

This is just one of many projects to come. The measure passed in May will raise $64 million for street projects over the next four years.

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