Tolls on I-5, 205 steps toward federal approval; draft answers few questions



Tolls on I-5, 205 steps toward federal approval; draft answers few questions

Oregon will seek federal approval next month to charge drivers to use sections of Interstate 5 and 205 in the Portland area.

The state released a 48-page draft application Thursday to the Federal Highway Administration, and the Oregon Transportation Commission will vote, and potentially give the application its final go-ahead, at a meeting Dec. 6. The application would then go to federal authorities for consideration.

The tolling request sheds little new light on a saga more than a year in the making, a process that kick-started the 2017 Legislature’s record $5.3 billion transportation package as another tool to address growing congestion on busy freeways.

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