On Jan. 1, 2020, the second of four planned gas taxes will go into effect.

The gas tax increase is part of House Bill 2017, “Keep Oregon Moving,” that was passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2017.

Part of the bill was requirements that the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), cities, and counties must meet before there is an increase in the gas tax. The Oregon Transportation Commission sent a report to the Legislature on Tuesday, Nov. 26 that outlines how ODOT and local governments have met those requirements.

Part of the report includes I-205 projects, road and bridge condition reports, and a list of shovel-ready projects that could be constructed with additional funds.

Further gas tax increases could occur in 2022 and 2024. If all increases are implemented then Oregon’s gas tax will be 40 cents a gallon, less than Washington and California.

Out of nearly $60 million dollars that this increase will bring in, 20% will go to counties, 30% to cities and 50% to ODOT. ODOT will spend its share in highway maintenance, bridge projects, seismic projects, preservation and culvert projects.

There are two projects in the Lake County area that are shovel-ready: culvert replacement on Hwy 395 at Cogswell Creek and Crooked Creek. Estimated cost for these projects is $3.2 million. The other is Hwy 395 pavement preservation from Big Stick Creek to Alkali Lake. Estimated cost for this project is $14.2 million.

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