Port of HR To Hold Hearings On Bridge Toll Increases

The Port of Hood River Commission will hold two public hearings as it decides whether or not to raise tolls on the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge.  Hearings on the proposed increase of cash tolls for passenger cars from $1 to $2, and tolls for those with Breeze-By accounts from 80 cents to $1, will take place on October 17 and November 7.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says while the Port is focused on replacing the bridge, they have to be realistic and plan for another 30 years of use from the current bridge.  A toll increase at the beginning of 2018 was assumed in the Port’s budget for the current fiscal year.  If a toll increase is eventually approved, the current timeline has it taking effect on February 1.

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