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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin

(108,684 posts)
Wed May 15, 2024, 01:51 PM May 15

Tolls on existing I-5 bridge will help pay for the new span linking Oregon and Washington

When construction starts on a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River in early 2026, drivers will begin paying tolls on the existing span between Washington and Oregon.

That’s the plan.

Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama wanted to know Tuesday whether tolling would proceed if construction is delayed. There’s no answer yet, he learned at a legislative committee hearing.

“A lot of people are upset now. They are not used to tolling. It’s going to be a new experience,” he said following the meeting of the Joint Transportation Committee, a bipartisan and bicameral panel. “Imagine what they will feel like if they are paying tolls a lot longer without getting anything for them.”

https://washingtonstatestandard.com/2024/05/14/tolls-on-existing-i-5-bridge-will-help-pay-for-the-new-span-linking-oregon-and-washington/

Many who chose to live in southwest Washington do so because they want to avoid paying taxes. Washington doesn't have an income tax but they do their shopping in Oregon which doesn't have a sales tax.

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Tolls on existing I-5 bridge will help pay for the new span linking Oregon and Washington (Original Post) Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin May 15 OP
Tolls have a low profit margin. SarahD May 15 #1
I've still got tokens from the original toll on the I-5 bridge k55f5r May 15 #2
Probably tolling the I-205 route, too unc70 May 15 #4
I pay taxes on my gasoline on my food on my wages k55f5r May 15 #5
Those nickel tokens must be pretty old! Permanut May 15 #8
The early 1900s. k55f5r Thursday #9
Great piece of Oregon Washington history.. Permanut Thursday #11
Double tap deleted. k55f5r May 15 #3
They had a vote in Clark County some 30 years or so ago whether to be part of Portland's Max train Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin May 15 #6
That's where much of the Portland police live Fiendish Thingy May 15 #7
I believe at that time k55f5r Thursday #10

SarahD

(1,395 posts)
1. Tolls have a low profit margin.
Wed May 15, 2024, 02:01 PM
May 15

A lot of money goes into the collection system, so the amount left over for building the new bridge is not that much. Of course, they can keep raising the toll.

k55f5r

(211 posts)
2. I've still got tokens from the original toll on the I-5 bridge
Wed May 15, 2024, 02:08 PM
May 15

I wonder if that nickel token would work when they start the new one. On a side note it will help improve traffic on I-5 through Portland more people will go over the i-205 bridge and bypass downtown.

unc70

(6,138 posts)
4. Probably tolling the I-205 route, too
Wed May 15, 2024, 02:16 PM
May 15

But that is getting lots of pushback from folks in Portland. Don't really know what really going on here. Personally not a fan of tolls.

k55f5r

(211 posts)
5. I pay taxes on my gasoline on my food on my wages
Wed May 15, 2024, 02:19 PM
May 15

To pay for s*** like this. Why am I paying road taxes and still have to pay to drive on the road?

k55f5r

(211 posts)
9. The early 1900s.
Thu May 16, 2024, 12:31 PM
Thursday

The toll was $.20 - .40 from 1958 to 1966, but I have tokens from the 1st toll in the '20s.

Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin

(108,684 posts)
6. They had a vote in Clark County some 30 years or so ago whether to be part of Portland's Max train
Wed May 15, 2024, 02:25 PM
May 15

It was pretty overwhelmingly defeated.

As I pointed out earlier, many people who live in southwest Washington do so to avoid paying taxes.

Fiendish Thingy

(15,741 posts)
7. That's where much of the Portland police live
Wed May 15, 2024, 03:02 PM
May 15

As Im sure you well know, SW Washington is Proud Boy World Headquarters, with the privaowned and operated Jefferson Davis Memorial Park within view of I-5.

k55f5r

(211 posts)
10. I believe at that time
Thu May 16, 2024, 12:34 PM
Thursday

There was no plan to toll the bridge and it was going to be paid by taxes. The one good thing about a toll bridge is it only the people that use it pay.

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