Oregon committee considers five plans for interstate tolling

Proposed tolls on I-5 and I-205 - KATU photo

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Oregon Department of Transportation officials are weighing their options when it comes to implementing tolls on Interstate 5 and Interstate 205.

According to KATU’s news partner, The Columbian, The Value Pricing Policy Advisory Committee held a meeting Monday to discuss the five tolling options on the table. The tolls could impact all lanes on Interstate 5 between Multnomah Boulevard and Northeast Going Street and Interstate 205 from south of Marine Drive to the merging point with I-5.

The five concepts are labeled A through E.

Of the five options, the committee is considering starting with Concept B, which would use tolling just on I-5 as a pilot project, The Columbian reports.

If that project is successful, Oregon might then consider expanding tolling to all lanes of I-5 and I-205 – Concept C.

The committee says Concept C would provide the most congestion relief, but it’s also complicated to implement, Chris Swensen, southeast director for toll systems and managed lanes for WSP, told The Columbian.

Concept C would generate approximately $300 million a year, but it also comes with the largest capital expenditure necessary to implement.

Concept B would be relatively easy to implement and would generate enough revenue to cover toll operation expenses and routine roadway maintenance, according to Washington State Patrol.

However, Concept B would not generate nearly as much revenue as Concept C, only about $50 million a year.

Concept A, which would cost Southwest Washington residents the most, was not recommended by a consultant.

The committee will hold its final meeting on July 25.

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