Audit: Portland has neglected street repairs

Credit: GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Teeth-rattling potholes are born after a hard freeze or heavy rain. This one is on southbound Dexter Avenue North, near Crockett Street.

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on February 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 20 at 2:06 PM

PORTLAND – If you think the potholes have gotten worse in Portland in recent years, it’s true and now official.

A City of Portland audit has determined the Bureau of Transportation and the City Council “have not adequately protected the condition of street pavement.”

City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade released the report “Street Pavement: Condition shows need for better stewardship.”

More: Read the full report

The report shows more than one-third of Portland's roads are already in poor condition -- and they're getting worse by the day.

Mayor Charlie Hales' office called the independent audit "scathing.”

Officials estimated it would cost $750 million over the next 10 years to fix the problem.

"As street condition deteriorated, City Council chose to invest in competing transportation priorities without an overall strategy, allowing future costs for restoring street pavement to multiply," Griffin-Valade said.

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