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Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge
As of Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Crossing the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge will become more expensive at the start of February.
The Port of Hood River sent out a news release Tuesday with a reminder about the toll increase, and details involved. Here's a breakdown of that information:
The Port of Hood River Board of Commissioners approved a bridge toll rate increase on Dec. 5, 2017, following two public hearings and a series of presentations to local municipalities on both sides of the river.
Citing the need to plan for up to $51 million in repairs and capital upgrades to the existing bridge in the next 15 years, while at the same time completing required pre-development steps that go before construction of a replacement bridge, the Commission voted unanimously to increase the toll and set the effective date at Feb. 1, 2018.
The Commission dedicated all new toll revenue to the Port's Bridge Repair & Replacement Fund.
Base toll rates for passenger vehicles will double for cash-paying customers, going from $1 to $2 per crossing.
Bridge users who have signed up for the Port's prepaid tolling system, BreezeBy, will have a relatively modest increase, with their per crossing rate going from 80 cents to $1 for two-axle vehicles. Toll rates depend on vehicle class with large trucks, RVs, and trailers paying $3 per axle for cash, $2 per axle on BreezeBy.
BreezeBy is the electronic tolling system at the bridge. It's seeing some changes this year.
The Port has implemented a new online BreezeBy customer account management system that enables customers to open an account online and receive their transponders in the mail, avoiding the need to visit the Port offices during business hours.
There are no fees to open an account, and each household receives one transponder for free.
After that, each additional transponder is $5. The Port anticipates significant new demand for new BreezeBy accounts as a result of the toll increase, but customers should still expect to receive their new transponders in the mail within 2-3 business days, depending on the volume of orders.
Information and registration is available at http://portofhoodriver.com
For more information, contact the Port via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Port office at 1000 E. Port Marina Drive in Hood River. Spanish language customer services are now available.