When Mayor Charlie Hales appointed Toby Widmer as interim director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation last month, the job came with clear instructions: Find money to pave roads.
So Widmer appeared at the PBOT budget hearing today with a plan to shuffle $7.15 million in transportation bureau money to long-deferred road maintenance and sidewalk repairs.
Where's that money coming from? Widmer provided a colorful one-page chart. $4.5 million is deferred costs from the Sellwood Bridge (part of ex-Mayor Sam Adams' deal with Multnomah County) and $1.2 million comes from a sidewalk capital project for Southeast 136th Avenue.
And $950,000 of the road-paving money is coming from an item singled out by two scathing audits of PBOT: a downtown marketing program that works with Travel Portland on ads for parking garages and Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Read the full chart: