SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Road maintenence in Springfield is a little lacking this summer, but city staff said that’s because they have a lot more planned with an upcoming bond measure on the ballot this November.
Springfield City Council approved the $10 million bond measure to appear on the ballot. The money would be dispersed over five years and allocated to a number of specific projects the city has planned.
The locations of the projects are pinpointed in the map below. The eight numbered locations -- Olympic Street, Centennial Boulevard, Commercial Street, 42nd Street, Thurston Road, Highbanks Road, 14th Street, and Mohawk Boulevard -- are guaranteed projects. You can expect to see pavement preservation, overlay and repairs in those areas come summer 2019 if the bond passes. The three blue locations: Marcola Road, Gateway Sreet, and Jasper Road, will be worked on as long as the first eight projects don’t go over budget.
One Springfield man, John Mitchell, said he drives 42nd Street all the time and it’s definitely in need of some repairs.
"It causes interruptions in traffic because everybody has to try to slow down so they don't bottom their car out,” Mitchell said. “There's been no work done on this road for years as far as I've seen, and I've been here all my life."
Springfield city staff said now is the time to repair the roads. If they wait too much longer the projects will end up costing millions of dollars more, and they would be much more disruptive to the city.
"We're going to have to close down huge portions of the road for lengthy periods of time,” said Tom Boyatt, the interim development and public works director for the city of Springfield. “That disrupts traffic, that disrupts the movement of goods and services, and it puts a burden on everybody."
The bond would come in the form of a property tax, so the repairs would be funded by Springfield residents. Boyatt said the average homeowner should expect to pay $70 a year or about $6.50 a month if the bond is approved. But Mitchell said he believes that’s an investment worth making.
"It's definitely a great investment. I would pay for it, so I hope everybody else in the city gets together and balances it out,” Mitchell said. “Is it really worth wrecking your car, or would you rather have some nicely paved streets like Eugene's getting these days?"