Voter-approved bond measures are key to Eugene's pavement preservation program. Eugene voters in November 2008 approved a five-year, $35.9 million bond measure to fix city streets. And on Nov. 6, 2012, Eugene voters resoundingly approved a new, $43 million bond measure to continue the street repair program for another five years.
The 2008 bond measure promised to fix 32 streets in Eugene. By the time the funds from that measure were fully expended, the City of Eugene had repaired 54 streets and a number of off-street paths. The 2012 bond measure promises to fix 76 more streets and provide an average of $516,000 per year for bicycle and pedestrian projects. Because of these bond measures, plus about $3 million a year from Eugene's 5-cent-per-gallon local gas tax, the Public Works Department has made significant progress on reducing the backlog of needed street repairs. Much work remains to be done, but Eugene is on a good course.
A citizen advisory committee, the Street Repair Review Panel, provides ongoing accountability for the expenditure of bond funds to ensure that the bond proceeds are used as the voters intended. Details reports by the Street Repair Review Panel can be found using the links on this web page.