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Oregon’s 2019 infrastructure grade: C-


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon received a C- for its 2019 infrastructure report card — an improvement from its D- in 2017.

The report card, from the American Society of Civil Engineers, outlines how the state keeps up with things like dams, roadways, bridges, its water supply and schools.

The roads and bridges scores improved because of the big state transportation legislation, which passed in 2017. It’ll add $5.3 billion to the state highway fund through 2027 and go toward projects that alleviate congestion and improve road conditions.

“We are delivering results,” ODOT director Matt Garrett said. “We have broken from the gate strong. We are putting product on the ground.”

Garrett said initiatives to add auxiliary traffic lanes on I-5 at the Rose Quarter, I-205 south of West Linn’s Abernathy Bridge and 217 in Washington County are all targeted projects to relieve the Portland area’s traffic congestion.

The report also recommends improving the infrastructure’s ability to withstand a major seismic event.

“It’s estimated there’s a 20% chance we’ll have a magnitude 9 earthquake within the next 50 years,” bridge engineer Mark Libby said. “We’re overdue.”

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