Springfield voters approve $10 million bond measure to fix roads

Tom Boyatt, the interim public works director for the City of Springfield, said taxpayers should start to pay up for this project on July 1.

Posted: Nov. 7, 2018 5:37 PM
Updated: Nov. 7, 2018 6:14 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Springfield voters approved a $10 million dollar bond measure aimed at fixing bad road conditions.

Tom Boyatt, the interim public works director for the City of Springfield, said taxpayers should start to pay up for this project on July 1.

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The money will go toward repairing eight roads in Springfield -- Centennial Boulevard, Olympic Street, Commercial Street, 42nd Street, Thurston Road, 14th Street, Mohawk Boulevard and Highbanks Road.

Officials said the average Springfield property owner should expect to see their taxes increase about $79 per year.

Victoria Doyle, a member of the Springfield citizen budget committee strongly supported the measure.

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Doyle said she is confident in the city's promises.

"I think that people were willing to take a risk and in four to five years, they're going to be able to look at the results and they're going to be able to say yeah, they really did do that," Doyle said.

She's glad to see other voters in Springfield felt the same way she did.

"The citizens of Springfield were able to see past all of the divisiveness that's going on around our state and the country and really see the value in fixing and repairing our roads in Springfield."

Whitney Gannon, a Springfield resident who lives off of Highbanks Road, said he voted in favor of the measure and is excited to see the city paving the way for change.

"All the roads around town are in pretty poor condition," Gannon said. "I mean, I live on a gravel road, but they're kind of hard to drive on and avoiding obstacles on the road."

Boyatt said construction is expected to begin next year.

"It'll be a little bit of a later start in 2019, but certainly by summer we should be on the ground," he said.

Boyatt said there's no official word on when all eight roads will be completed, but he said he hopes they will be completed before the five year pay-off period ends.

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