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Group unanimously opposes fees along I-5 and I-205 corridors in the Portland metro area.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Vancouver, Washington-based officials oppose the proposed tolls.The Clark County Council in Washington opposes the proposed tolling along I-5 and I-205 in the Portland metro area.

On Nov. 3, the council voted unanimously to approve a resolution stating the county's opposition to tolling.

The fees along both corridors are a proposal by ODOT intended to help finance transportation maintenance and infrastructure projects such as the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program.

The I-5 corridor between Portland and Vancouver, including the Columbia River bridge, is a vital vein for both economies, from workforce to freight.

"The proposed tolling will have a negative impact on those who cannot vary their work hours and those who are wage employees and least able to pay for the use of their roads, which tax dollars have already paid for," said Gary Medvigy, a Clark County councilor.

"The Clark County residents who cross the bridge for work pay taxes to the state of Oregon," said council chair Karen Bowerman. "When we think about the additional funds from tolls that would be collected in multiple places in order to accommodate their commute — it is a good reason for this council to take a negative position on that tolling."

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - The Clark County Council in Washington opposes the proposed tolling along I-5 and I-205 in the Portland metro area.


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