October 23, 2006
Funding the Backlog?
Over at the Oregonian's City Hall blog, they're reporting that Sam Adams is making a pitch to his City Council colleagues to use part of the City of Portland's $19M in one-time money to work some of the backlog in transportation maintenance projects.
The Friday Trib narrowed in on one project on the list, maintenance for the Steel Bridge (which has three, soon to be four, MAX lines crossing the Willamette).
October 23, 2006 8:40 AM
Aaron B. Hockley Says:
Hey... now there's a concept! Fund stuff you already have that needs funding, rather than spend the money on new things... sounds like some sort of money management lesson from high school.
October 23, 2006 2:42 PM
That was high school? I thought it was elementary. I didn't go to high school and I recall learning about money management. :)
But then again, that is how "public finance" works. Interesting idea though to help work on the steel bridge. I would imagine the city has probably bummed a few million here and there off on the BNSF though.
Then of course what would be REALLY nice is if they worked with the railroad, ODOT, and Trimet to get the bridge replaced. It's been good but they should make a perpendicular bridge to increase train speed in and out of the area, in addition to increasing LRV speed over the river. It takes a LONG time to get from Rose Quarter Transit Center to Old Town/China Town.