Street Cents

As it turns out, the money the Portland Bureau of Transportation received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act only equals 1.25 Raef LaFrentzes.

With Brian Barker July 20, 2009 Published in the August 2009 issue of Portland Monthly

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many potholes can $14.7 million patch? Not so many, it turns out. That’s the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s share of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, President Obama’s $27.5 billion boost to the nation’s sagging infrastructure. A total of $334 million was earmarked for Oregon, but after every government agency from Pendleton to Ashland took a nibble, Portland got just a speck more than Raef LaFrentz earned manning the Blazers’ bench last year. Still, it’s enough to bankroll half a dozen projects around town, including a seismic upgrade to Swan Island’s Going Street Bridge and the repaving of NW 23rd Avenue. Or, if the city scraps its plans, it’s roughly enough to buy:

$15 MILLION = 845,000 traffic cones / 15, 000, 000 feet of striping paint / 4.5 streetcars / 1 1/8th Raef LaFrentzes

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