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ODOT Adds Clark County Councilor To Regional Toll Committee


In this Aug. 4, 2011, file photo, the Interstate 5 bridge spans the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington states in Vancouver, Washington.

In this Aug. 4, 2011, file photo, the Interstate 5 bridge spans the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington states in Vancouver, Washington.

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The Oregon Department of Transportation has appointed Clark County Councilor Eileen Quiring to a regional committee that will provide input on the state’s plan to pursue “value pricing” or tolls on Interstate 5 and Interstate 205.

Oregon’s $5.3 billion transportation bill, signed into law over the summer, directed a state commission to ask for federal approval to install tolls on I-5 and I-205. Although the department’s plans are still being crafted and any actual tolling is years away, the idea has raised concerns in Clark County that commuters who rely on the I-5 and I-205 bridges will be unfairly charged to pay for infrastructure elsewhere in Oregon.

ODOT responded to these concerns by offering three officials from Southwest Washington spots on its 24-member Portland Region Value Pricing Policy Advisory Committee. Kris Strickler, Washington State Department of Transportation’s Southwest regional administrator, will be made a full member of the committee. Anne McEnerny-Ogle, a Vancouver City Council member and mayoral candidate, has also been appointed.

The department originally sought to appoint to the committee Clark County council Chair Marc Boldt, who is elected countywide, but he declined and offered the spot to Quiring.

Read the whole story at The Columbian.

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