Transportation resiliency:  ensuring roads are open when you need them

Transportation resiliency: ensuring roads are open when you need them

June 5, 2015 | OReGO Communications Team

So have you ever given any thought to what happens when there is a catastrophic event? Say flooding, windstorms, or snowstorms? When these things happen, the Oregon Department of Transportation is one of the first agencies to respond. It has a responsibility to keep roads open for emergency and other vehicles.

Roads are the lifeblood of an economy, and when they stop working, many things are put at risk.

ODOT must have the ability to prepare, recover, and adapt to serious events. This requires prevention like removing trees that could fall and close roads during a storm. It requires ensuring that there is a supply chain to furnish essentials like fuel, food, and medical supplies. It requires responses like sending out maintenance workers to remove debris, establish detours and plow roads. And it requires repairing the damaged infrastructure that results when these events occur.

This is called transportation resilience and it’s something ODOT takes very seriously. Funding is required to ensure that ODOT has the resources to do this important work. And that’s why ODOT is so interested in seeing how the public responds to a potentially more sustainable way to fund its programs.

OReGO is testing an alternative transportation funding mechanism. And your support is needed.

OReGO is a program available to 5,000 light-duty vehicles. People who volunteer will pay a per-mile charge for in-state miles and get a credit for the fuel tax they’ve paid to drive those miles. If you are interested, explore the website: www.MyOReGO.org. Join the interest list. And consider giving it a try when the program opens on July 1.

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