Dec. 19, 2012
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SALEM: Today, the Oregon Transportation Commission approved the interstate tolling intergovernmental agreement
with the Washington State Transportation Commission for the Columbia River Crossing Project. The agreement was approved by unanimous vote and marks another milestone for the Columbia River Crossing project.
The Columbia River Crossing is a multimodal project improving safety, reducing congestion and increasing mobility of motorists, freight traffic, transit riders and bicyclists along a five-mile section of I-5 connecting Vancouver, WA to Portland, OR. The project funding plan calls for applying for money from the Federal Transit Administration in 2013; to meet this timeline, toll-setting structures have to be decided now.
A subgroup of representatives from Oregon’s and Washington’s transportation commissions, DOTs, state treasurer offices and state attorneys general offices developed this agreement in the past few months. The Washington State Transportation Commission unanimously approved the agreement last week.
The intergovernmental agreement reflects a bi-state structure for shared state responsibility and risk. The two commissions will create a subcommittee to determine toll-setting details; actual rate setting requires a majority vote of each commission.