Freeway tolling forums scheduled
The Oregon Department of Transportation has announced a series of upcoming public presentations of the freeway tolling options being considered by the Oregon Transportation Commission, which oversees it.
The 2017 Oregon Legislature directed the commission to approve and submit a proposal for tolling some or all of I-5 and I-205 in the Portland area to the Federal Highway Administration for approval by the end of the year.
The tolls — also known as congestion pricing and value pricing — are intended to reduce congestion on the freeways and raise funds to improve such existing bottlenecks as the I-5/I-84 interchanges in the Rose Quarter and the I-205 lane reductions over the Abernathy Bridge near Oregon City.
The following five options are currently under consideration:
A. Tolling the northbound lanes of I-5 between NE Marine Drive and NE Going Street.
B. Tolling all lanes of I-5 between NE Going Street and SW Multnomah Boulevard.
C. Tolling all of I-5 and I-205 between the Washington border and their southern merger.
D. Tolling I-205 between SW Stafford Road and the north end of the Abernathy Bridge.
E. Tolling the Abernathy Bridge on I-205.
Consultant WSP USA has recommended beginning with concepts B and E, and then C in phases. No specific tolls or hours of tolling have been discussed.
The upcoming forums are as follows:
June 18: Washington County Coordinating Committee, noon to 1:30 p.m., Beaverton Library, Cathy Stanton Conference Room, 12375 S.W. 5th St, Beaverton.
June 20: Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners, 8:30 a.m. 2051 Kaen Rd., Board Hearing Room Oregon City.
July 2: ODOT Region 1 Area Commission on Transportation, 5:30 p.m., 123 N.W. Flanders, Conference, Room A/B, Portland.
July 11: Port of Portland Commission, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., 7200 N.E. Airport Way, Portland.
July 12: Oregon Transportation Commission Value Pricing Public Comment Session, 4 p.m., University Place Hotel and Conference Center, 310 SW Lincoln St., Columbia Falls Ballroom, Portland.
The commission is scheduled to decide on a direction by Aug. 17 and approve a specific proposal on Nov. 16. After presenting that to the Legislature, the commission plans to submit the request to the Federal Highway Administration by Dec. 31.
To read a previous Portland Tribune story on the issue, go to tinyurl.com/y75cc2gt.