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In May, Springfield voters will consider street repair bond

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Springfield City Councilors at their Feb. 5th meeting decided to put a street bond to voters in May.

The Springfield City Council has approved putting a $20 million bond on the May ballot to pay for street repairs.

Springfield voters approved a $10 million street bond in 2018. That funded just under five miles of street repairs that were completed in 2022.

Jeff Paschall, Community Development Division Director with Springfield’s Development & Public Works Department, said this bond would be for $20 million over five years.

“Just with the inflation that everybody’s experiencing, construction costs have really gone up a lot in the last five to six years,” Paschall said. “So, in order to get the same amount of work done that’s what we’re looking at, is that $20 million range to do about the same amount of work.”

The cost would be about 74 cents per $1,000 assessed value of property for residents.

The bond would cover repaving streets including Harlow Road, Aspen Street in front of Centennial, G Street near McKenzie Willamette Hospital, and 58th Street near Thurston High School.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.