Oregon to Seek Spot in FHWA Tolling Pilot Program

The Oregonian reports, “The Oregon Department of Transportation plans to apply for one of three spots in a federal program allowing states to put tolls on their interstates. . . . If the application is submitted and approved, tolls may eventually be used to finance congestion-relieving upgrades to I-5 through the Rose Quarter or a widening of the Abernethy Bridge, which carries I-205 over the Willamette River in Oregon City.” The report adds that Missouri, North Carolina and Virginia (the states originally selected for the ISRRPP pilot tolling program) have not met the program deadlines, and ODOT officials learned that North Carolina and Virginia have withdrawn from the program.