The 2009 Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2001
, also known as the Oregon Jobs and Transportation Act. Three core themes emerged from the legislation:
- accountability, innovation and environmental stewardship;
- highway, road and street funding; and
- multimodal funding.
Projects located around the state
JTA projects are located throughout the state. See what's happening in your area (interactive map).
The JTA provided a significant increase in revenue to the State Highway Fund. The JTA increased Oregon's fuel tax by 6 cents, bringing it to 30 cents per gallon for passenger and light vehicles. It also increased driver and motor vehicle fees and weight-mile taxes on heavy trucks.
The JTA was projected to bring in $273 million for Oregon's roads in 2013. After setting aside $27 million each year for rest areas and other activities, ODOT will receive 50 percent of the funding, with counties receiving 30 percent and cities allocated 20 percent.
The Legislature directed ODOT to spend $960 million, the majority of its additional JTA funding, on 37 specific highway projects across the state and for 14 projects identified by local governments in eastern Oregon. Twenty-three projects are complete. The remaining projects are underway and will be completed over the next four years.
The JTA also included $100 million for the ConnectOregon III program
that is building rail, port, transit and aviation projects across the state. About 81 of the 96 projects funded through the third round of Connect
Oregon are complete.
On time/on budget
The JTA projects, like most ODOT projects, are tracking to come in on time and on budget. Over the last 10 years, ODOT delivered nearly 800 projects totaling $3.7 billion, which came in under budget by one percent. In that same period, we estimate that 85 percent of projects have opened to traffic on time.