Gov. Ted Kulongoski has signed into law a $300 million-per-year transportation package to fix roads and bridges and sustain thousands of highway construction jobs in the future.

The package signed by the governor today calls for new fees on motorists. Higher vehicle registration fees will go into effect this fall, and a 6-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax increase will take effect by January 2011.

Because the fees are phased in, the transportation projects and the construction jobs they create won't begin kicking in until next year's construction season.

Still, Kulongoski and legislative leaders call the package a major investment, both in upgrading Oregon's transportation system and creating jobs for Oregon's struggling economy.

— The Associated Press