New toll policies for Bridge of the Gods

The Port of Cascade Locks encourages everyone to get their local sticker or purchase a coupon book to cross the Bridge of the Gods. Locals, defined as residents of Wasco, Hood River, Skamania or Klickitat counties or residents of Warrendale or Dodson who prefer to pay cash to cross the bridge can do so for $1 if they have the local sticker on their windshield.

Local stickers are available at the Port of Cascade Locks offices Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Coupon books can also be purchased at the toll booth in either $20 or $40 denominations for automobiles and pick-up trucks. The local sticker is not required in order to purchase a coupon book. Coupon books may be purchased by anyone regardless of place of residence. The new coupon books will also allow coupon holders to cross the bridge for $1 each way.

As of Aug. 1, any automobile or pick-up truck crossing the bridge will pay $2 per crossing. Local residents who miss the deadline may always pick up the local sticker at the port office or purchase a coupon book. The local sticker program was developed by the port to recognize the many years of toll support made by local residents.

Trucks crossing the bridge have a truck toll rate based on the number of axles. Volume discounts are available to trucking firms who purchase in excess of $500 of coupon books. The volume discount is 5 percent of the total coupon sale. The volume discount purchases can be made at the port office only. Holders of pre-purchased coupons, prior to July 1, may continue to use those coupons at the toll booth. These coupons will continue to be accepted at the face value and at the old toll rate until they are used up. No additional cash will need to be paid with the pre-purchased coupons. Once used up, the customer will need to purchase the new toll coupon books. For the truck customers, the new coupons are based on the number of axles. The port commission has adopted a 10 Year Maintenance and Preservation Plan for the bridge. The plan will require the port to spend about $24 million on the Bridge to keep it operating safely and within the current 80,000 pound weight limit. Local funds will be used to match both federal and state funds to make the necessary enhancements to the bridge. The 10 Year plan represents the port’s commitment to the local residents and economy over the long term.

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