Public can help shape I-5 bridge tolls

| Friday, June 12, 2009

Officials in Oregon and Washington State are calling for public input as they prepare to set toll rates for the future Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River.

The Columbia River Crossing will most likely require a combination of tolls and local, state and federal funding, officials said.

The Tolling Study Committee has scheduled public input sessions for June 30 and July 1. Planners are also accepting public comments by e-mail, phone, fax and in writing. Open houses for the overall project are scheduled for June 23 and June 24.

Officials announced June 5 that the crossing will most likely consist of two bridges, one for northbound traffic and one for southbound. Light rail will accompany the southbound structure.

Based on public and stakeholder input, the Tolling Study Committee will submit its report to Washington and Oregon transportation officials in January 2010.

The time to get involved is in advance of when the decisions are made.

Project open houses are scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 23, at Jantzen Beach SuperCenter, Community Room, 1405 N. Jantzen Beach Center, Portland, OR; and
  • Wednesday, June 24, at Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay, River Rooms, 100 Columbia St., Vancouver, WA

Tolling input sessions are from 6 to 8 p.m. as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 30, at Washington State Department of Transportation, Southwest Region, Room 102, 11018 N.E. 51st Circle, Vancouver, WA; and
  • Wednesday, July 1, at Jantzen Beach SuperCenter, 1405 N. Jantzen Beach Center, Portland, OR

Columbia River Crossing feedback can also be sent by e-mail to; by phone at 360-737-2726 or 503-256-2726; by fax at 360-737-0294; or in writing to 700 Washington St., Suite 300, Vancouver, WA 98660.

– By David Tanner, staff writer