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'Back to Basics' program hits goal of preserving 100 miles of Portland roads

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Portland city officials have hit their goal of 100 miles of streets in the city being repaired in the past year.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation launched their "Back to Basics" program three years ago. The program’s goal is to repair and preserve 100 lane miles of streets across the city each fiscal year.

Thursday PBOT leaders made the announcement that they hit their goal on Southwest Chestnut Street near Wilson High School, where crews are preparing to do some repaving.

Commissioner Steve Novick said doing these repairs saves the city money in the long run.

“It’s a lot cheaper to do preventive maintenance than it is to rebuild a street that’s completely broken," he explained.

PBOT has met the 100-mile goal every year, with the 103 miles preserved by crews this fiscal year more than doubling the mileage that was preserved the year prior to the program’s start.

“This is our third year delivering on our commitment of preserving and maintaining 100 miles of Portland roads,” Transportation Director Leah Treat said. “We continue to prioritize our limited transportation revenue to meet this goal because we know spending a dollar today saves us ten dollars in future years.”

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