State officials to investigate Portland highway capacity


Most highways in the Portland metro area are handling more traffic than planners intended.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Ask any commuter in the Portland-metro area: The roads have too many drivers.

It seems they’re right.

Most highways in the Portland metro area are handling more traffic than planners intended, state officials say.

Oregon’s total vehicle miles traveled, a statistic used nationwide, increased 6.3 percent during the first five months of 2015 compared with the same period last year. That’s nearly double the national average, Hamilton said.

The agency also found that Oregon has more drivers: 75,748 new residents turned in license licenses from other states in 2014, up from 58,638 in 2009, a 29 percent increase.

More congestion means longer commute times for people throughout the metro area —instead of getting home at 6 p.m., commuters may arrive 30 or 45 minutes later.

(SOURCE: OregonLive.com)

 

 


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