ODOT seeks opinions on tolling I-205
The Oregon Department of Transportation has launched an online survey to learn more about how travelers use Interstate 205 in Clackamas County. Results will be used to study the potential effects of tolling I-205 to manage congestion and raise revenue for bottleneck relief projects.
The Travel Preference Survey asks users when, why and how often they use I-205 near the Abernethy Bridge and will ask how they feel about paying a toll to save travel time. To encourage participation, ODOT will end 37,000 postcards with a link to complete the survey to a random sample of residents in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
People who do not receive a postcard can still take the survey.
The survey will be available through April 24. It will be provided in English and Spanish and can be completed via smart phone, tablet or laptop.
ODOT says that the more people who respond to the survey, the more precise the results will be. Participants who complete the survey can also enter for a chance to win a $100 cash gift card.
ODOT will conduct another survey in the future to gather similar information about I-5 in the Portland area.
The goal of the I-5 and I-205 Tolling Projects is to manage congestion and generate revenue to fund bottleneck relief projects, as directed by the Oregon Legislature in 2017.
The 2017 Oregon Legislature declared traffic congestion in the Portland area to be a statewide problem. It passed a House Bill 2017, a statewide transportation funding measure, committed hundreds of millions of dollars to address congestion and improve the transportation system in the Portland metro region and statewide through highway projects, freight rail projects and improvements to transit and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
One project is replacing the four lane Abernathy Bridge with a six lane crossing, allowing all of I-205 to have three lanes in both directions through the area.
In addition, the bill directed the Oregon Transportation Commission, which oversees ODOT, to pursue and implement variable rate tolls, also known as congestion pricing, on I-5 and I-205 in the metro region to provide additional traffic management tools to further reduce congestion. The amount of the tolls and the portions of the freeways to be tolled have yet to be determined.
You can learn more and take the survey at www.oregon.gov/odot/tolling/Pages/I-205-Tolling.aspx
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