Danger of congestion tolling diversion on local streets (Op-Ed by Paul Savas)

Danger of congestion tolling diversion on local streets
Op-Ed by Commissioner Paul Savas
Published in The Clackamas Review

“There are some elected officials who are advocating that all roads and streets be tolled. This would put residents and commuters in Clackamas and Washington counties at a serious and unfair disadvantage.” ‚Äď Commissioner Paul Savas

When the Oregon Legislature passed HB2017 last year, the transportation package did not include any construction funding for Interstate 205 to resolve the 5.8-mile-long bottleneck.

The transportation package did however include a mandate to initiate tolling of Interstate 5 and I-205. Now, as the discussion of tolling continues, the concerns of interstate traffic diverting onto local roads is heating up.

If I-5 and I-205 are tolled, how many motorists will use local roads to avoid paying tolls? Diversion is not a new phenomenon; as a result of growing congestion it is already occurring in the Portland-metro region. Continue reading…

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