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Westside transportation study proposes tolls for U.S. 26, Highway 217

Expanding unpopular tolls to fund multi billion dollar westside transportation projects By Holly Bartholomew West Linn Tidings, Dec 21, 2023 Updated Feb 2, 2024 While Oregon’s discussions on freeway tolling in recent years have focused almost entirely on I-205 and I-5 in the Portland area — a prospect that is not popular, particularly with Clackamas County residents...

Regionwide tolling still on not-too-distant horizon for Portland metro area

ODOT pushing ahead with tolls for I-205 and I-5 By Holly Bartholomew Sep 18, 2023 Portland Tribune Though Gov. Tina Kotek has put tolling on pause until 2026, the Oregon Department of Transportation is still moving forward with two projects (and a third in partnership with the state of Washington for the Interstate Bridge) that will...

The In-Fighting has Begun…

This Dog and Pony Show that is difficult to watch Tualatin Chamber of Commerce August 14, 2023 Little things, when unattended, lead to bigger things… which can then lead to… well in this case, a bit of a Dog and Pony Show. The Interstate Bridge Replacement (IBR) has finally gotten bond approval from both Oregon...

ODOT says it ‘missed the mark’ in pushing for tolling freeways

Hartman: Impossible to toll I-205 bridge without causing irreparable damage Raymond Rendleman May 31, 2023 Portland Tribune An official for Oregon’s transportation agency acknowledged that ODOT’s overly bureaucratic attitude toward tolling freeways had “missed the mark” in earning the public’s trust and creating meaningful community engagement surrounding regional traffic issues. “We have to own a little...

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