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.
Bottlenecks cause more congestion on major highways, which lead to accidents and in some cases fatalities. When there is a major backup on a highway, there are smart-phone applications that provide motorists shortcuts to avoid the traffic ahead, which leads to diversion on local roads. Traffic accidents happen for many reasons, and safety is a real concern for us all. Hence traffic congestion increases the risk of accidents, but also leads to traffic diversion onto local roads, putting our local communities at risk.
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