Committee meets next week to help develop plan to ease Interstate 5, 205 congestion

Traffic on I-5 southbound in Keizer - Photo from KATU's Kellee Azar.jpg

A new committee is set to meet next week to start the process of developing new ways of reducing metro area congestion.

The Portland Area Value Pricing Advisory Committee holds its first meeting Monday, Nov. 20 at Oregon Department of Transportation's Portland headquarters. No decisions have been made yet about what type of value pricing practices will be recommended, but they could include tolls on existing freeways, tolls on a new or converted highway lanes or tolls on non-carpool lanes.

The committee will guide ODOT's development of a value pricing proposal on Interstate 5 and Interstate 205, from the state line to where the highways meet south of Tualatin.

The committee will evaluate options, consider public input and inform the commission on the impact of each option on road users, the transportation system and the community, economy and environment.

Meetings are open to the public, with opportunities for public comment available. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 to 11 am on Monday, November 20 at the Portland ODOT on 123 NW Flanders St. The second meeting is set for Thursday Dec. 7, also at the ODOT Portland offices. Further meetings are planned but have not yet been scheduled.

Agendas, a list of committee members and other materials can be found at the committee website at . The website can also be used to sign up for email updates.

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