Port of HR Studying Bridge Tolls

The Port of Hood River Commission has begun studying a range of options for tolls on the Interstate Bridge.  Commissioners were given possibilities ranging from no increase of current rates up to one dollar for BreezeBy customers and two dollars for cash tolls, similar to charges on the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says the next step is to take a deeper look at the fiscal impacts of those changes during the Commission’s November 15 fall planning session.  McElwee added the continued increasing cost of maintaining the bridge is one reason the tolls are being looked at, but another is developing funding for local matches for state and federal funding in planning tasks for an eventual replacement bridge.  The Port’s 2016-17 budget factored in a probable bridge toll increase sometime in the next year.

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