Oregon Gov. Asking Legislature for ODOT Winter Maintenance Funding

Dec. 4, 2023

Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek and other state officials are looking for new ways to fund winter road maintenance after the first heavy snowfall of the season. 

Gov. Tina Kotek said her office is seeking $19 million in one-time funding to help the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) meet winter maintenance needs this winter. The money would fund additional overtime and new equipment.

The agency announced earlier this year it would reduce some winter road maintenance, such as plowing or deicing roads, in the face of massive budget deficits.

ODOT has said that increased purchases of electric and fuel-efficient vehicles are partially behind the revenue decrease.

The governor said a larger conversation around transportation funding will come in 2025, and that this funding will meet the need for this winter only.

“We have to make sure that we can do what we can to make sure our roads are safe,” said Kotek in a statement. “I want to be clear, there are dollars now to do most of the highway maintenance during the winter, but we do have some gaps.”

ODOT has created winter service maps for different regions of Oregon, showing how the agency is prioritizing certain roadways as snow conditions begin.


Source: OPB