Given the following funding issues, we are looking to the public to tell us what type of County Transportation work is important to you, what types of projects we should focus on, and what level of road and bridge maintenance is acceptable. These decisions will be difficult but the County must choose which services to keep or increase and which services will need to be decreased or stopped entirely to stay within budget projections.
We've surveyed the public, and now we're reaching out to residents in the areas we serve. We expect to announce a plan this fall that will allow us to balance our budget.
Current Funding Status
Drop in Gas Tax Revenue Hurts
COVID-19 has caused a major decline in driving, which has caused a drop in gas tax revenue for all transportation agencies, including Multnomah County.
Roads and Bridges are in Long-Term Decline
Even before the pandemic, Transportation’s costs have been rising faster than its revenues, so our funding now buys less than it used to. The result is infrastructure in long-term decline.
Important Projects on the Way
Multnomah County Transportation’s Capital Improvement Plan identifies approximately $3.7 billion in need for improvements and projects over the next 20 years.
Search for New Funding is Happening
Due to COVID-19 and inflation, Multnomah County must find new funding to provide the transportation system people expect.
What is the Transportation Division responsible for in Multnomah County?
We plan for, operate, maintain, and construct: roads, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, signals, culverts, and bridges.
Our service area includes:
- West County unincorporated areas
- Willamette River Bridges (Sellwood, Hawthorne, Morrison, Burnside, Broadway, Sauvie Island)
- Major streets in Fairview, Wood Village, and Troutdale
- East County unincorporated areas
- NOT in Portland or Gresham
If you're interested in finding out if a specific road is a County-owned road, please visit our online mapping tool to view our road system.
Where does the transportation funding come from?
- State highway fund (primarily state gas tax, state vehicle registration fees, weight mile tax on trucks)
- Multnomah County gas tax
- Multnomah County vehicle registration fee
- Competitive Grants
- NOT from property taxes