Public input needed for I-5 bridge tolls

| 6/26/2009

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 replace the existing I-5 bridge at an estimated cost of between $3.1 billion and $4.2 billion. Officials say funding will be generated by tolls as well as local, state and federal funding.

The Tolling Study Committee has scheduled public input sessions for Tuesday, June 30, in Vancouver, WA, and Wednesday, July 1, in Portland, OR. Planners are also accepting public comments by e-mail, phone, fax and in writing.

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

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