“If the OTC elects to proceed with such a feasibility analysis, ODOT would then develop an approach for the OTC to consider later this year,” Baney and Garrett wrote.
The transportation commission is currently considering a recommendation for tolling just on Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 as directed by HB 2017.
Baney and Garrett said if the preliminary feasibility analysis advances, it will proceed separately from the two initial proposed tolling projects.
The news comes after Washington’s delegation told Oregon one by one to put the brakes on tolling. Prior to Murray’s letter, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, blasted Oregon for considering congestion pricing that would disproportionately impact Southwest Washington commuters. She was joined by the Vancouver City Council, and just last month, Gov. Jay Inslee said Portland’s recommendation to toll to the borders is “going nowhere.” Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is also planning to send a letter to Oregon.
The committee spent six months considering various tolling options on Interstate 5 and Interstate 205, ultimately recommending the transportation commission pursue Concept B. Concept B would toll all lanes on I-5 between Southwest Multnomah Boulevard and North Going Street. The pricing committee also recommended considering Concept E, which would add tolls on I-205 near the Abernathy Bridge and Stafford Road.