By Rick Bannan
The Reflector 

I-5 bridge tolling could last until the 2060s


Last updated 7/27/2023 at 10:45am

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The Interstate 5 bridge

One of the largest sources of funding to replace the aging Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River will tax travelers a few bucks as they cross the water.

During its meeting July 18, the Washington Transportation Commission heard from officials involved with the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program (IBRP), a multi-billion-dollar project set to fix a major infrastructure issue at Clark County's southern border.

The major development for the project was the Oregon state Legislature's agreement to put $1 billion toward the estimated $6 billion project, matching Washington's commitment a year earlier.

On the north side of the Columbia, lawmakers passed legislation to move forward on another funding source. On May 9, Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5765, which authorizes tolling along the bridge in order to fund the replacement project.

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