Environmental Analysis (Initiated in Fall 2022)
We are conducting an environmental analysis to help decision-makers, partner agencies, and the community understand the project's potential benefits and negative impacts. The results from the environmental analysis will be published in a report called an Environmental Assessment. The Environmental Assessment is an important step to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and obtain a federal decision about tolling on I-5 and I-205. The Environmental Assessment will include:
- The purpose and need for the project.
- An overview of the project concept we will study (called a “proposed action").
- A description of the potential benefits and impacts of the proposed action, related to topics such as air quality, safety, traffic congestion, and rerouting on local streets.
- A summary of actions that will help reduce, avoid, or mitigate negative impacts.
Initial Planning (Spring 2021-2022)
We conducted early technical studies to shape the proposed project. These technical project documents are posted here and summarize the outcomes of our initial planning. This planning was conducted in accordance with Federal guidelines for a “Planning and Environment Linkages" process, consistent with the requirements of 23 U.S.C. 168. The information developed in this planning phase, and the public and agency input received, may be adopted or incorporated by reference into the future environmental review process to meet the requirements of NEPA.
Feasibility Analysis (2018)
Oregon's House Bill 2017, also known as Keep Oregon Moving, directed the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) to develop a proposal for tolling on I-5 and I-205 to reduce congestion as part of a suite of transportation investments throughout the state for roadway improvements, transit service enhancements and bicycle and pedestrian safety upgrades.
The OTC and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) conducted the Portland Metro Area Value Pricing Feasibility Analysis to study how and where tolls could be applied. Substantial public input and a Policy Advisory Committee informed the final recommendations.
In December of 2018, the OTC submitted a proposal to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) outlining the findings of the feasibility analysis and seeking approval to continue the process of implementing tolls on I-5 and I-205. FHWA provided guidance to move into the next phase of evaluation and study on tolls.
In 2020, stakeholders commented on the I-205 Toll Project and stated the need for a comprehensive approach to tolling, but expressed concerns about fairness, equity, climate and diversion. To address these concerns, we expanded our approach to consider regional tolling on I-5 and portions of I-205 not included in the I-205 Toll Project, consistent with the long-term vision of the identified in the Value Pricing Feasibility Analysis.