However, it’s clear there are a number of cross-currents [against tolling plans]. Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas said many of his constituents don’t have good alternatives to driving.
“I’m hoping there is more of an emphasis on capacity,” he said, “that we have more of a means of investing in growth in this region.”
Amid concern about the Portland area’s growing road congestion, a key committee met Monday to begin putting together a tolling plan for the region.
The Oregon Department of Transportation advisory committee is set to come up with a plan by June for using tolls to help alleviate congestion.
ODOT officials say Interstate 5 now faces about 15 hours of delay on weekdays, while Interstate 205 typically has daily tie-ups for about 10 hours. Mandy Putney, an ODOT major project manager, says congestion is projected to double by 2040. Continue reading…