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ODOT: Coronavirus Shutdowns Have Led To Reduced Revenue Outlook


The Oregon Department of Transportation says shutdowns related to the coronavirus are taking a bite out of the agency’s financial outlook.

ODOT’s revenue streams depend a great deal on people having jobs and commuting to them. The state’s gas tax funds highways, and a payroll tax goes toward public transit.

With so many Oregonians working from home or simply losing their jobs altogether, the agency’s financial outlook took a sizable hit this spring. Internal projections show revenues will be down more than $300 million over the next five years, said Travis Brouwer, ODOT's Assistant Director.  “Basically, all the revenue sources for all the different types of transportation are getting hit pretty hard by COVID-19," he said. "And we’re going to have to look across the entire transportation system as we look how we can balance all these things out.”

Brouwer says construction projects also receive federal funding, and so far that source has not been impacted

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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