Virtual meeting takes place Jan. 18 and 19
The upcoming Jan. 18 and 19 meeting of the Washington State Transportation Commission will cover several topics including the Interstate 5 bridge replacement project, emerging tolling technologies and possible expansion of commercial aviation in the state.
The meeting starts at 9 a.m. both Wednesday, Jan. 18, and Thursday, Jan. 19. This meeting will be virtual using Zoom. Those interested in attending can register on the commission’s website. TVW will broadcast the meeting live.
The commission will hear from Washington State Department of Transportation staff on Wednesday, Jan. 18, about the Interstate Bridge Replacement Project, an effort to replace the aging I-5 bridge across the Columbia River with a seismically resilient multimodal structure that provides improved mobility. The commission will hear about outreach efforts and next steps for the bridge replacement program.
Also on Wednesday, the commission will hear about new tolling technology that removes the need for transponders and highway toll booths by using wireless, solar-powered roadside technology.
Other highlights of the commission’s two-day meeting include:
- Commercial and Aviation Coordinating Commission update: Wednesday afternoon the commission will hear about the latest findings and next steps in the ongoing process to recommend a preferred expansion site to meet Washington’s commercial and passenger airline needs.
- Hood River Bridge traffic and revenue study: The commission will consider tolling alternatives to support the funding of a new Hood River Bridge, which is operated by the Port of Hood River.
- Multimodal needs along the State Route 167 corridor: WSDOT staff will share details about the master plan update, anticipated to be completed in 2023, that identifies the short-term and long-term needs for varying modes of transportation along the corridor.
- Updated Washington State Freight Plan: Commissioners will hear about the most recent update to the plan that examines all modes of freight movement in the state, including trucks, airplanes, rail, barges and cargo ships.
- Action on naming State Route 20 in Okanogan County: The commission will take action on a proposal by members of the American Legion, Hodges Post No. 84 in Oroville to name the highway “Vietnam War Veterans’ Memorial Highway.”
The commission will take public comment at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19. Those wishing to speak can sign up during the meeting by posting their name in the Q&A box on-screen. Written comments can also be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Citizens have opportunity to provide input on Oregon tollingThe Oregon Department of Transportation will hold two events where citizens can view information about the Regional Mobility Pricing Project.
- Opinion: Interstate Bridge Replacement Program incompetence and deceptionRetired Engineer Bob Ortblad believes a new study of an immersed tunnel by a consultant independent of the IBR must be done.
- Paying more and getting less for transportation in Portland areaTransportation tolling plan sparks outrage as promised freeway lanes disappear, impacting traffic and affordability in the Portland area.
- Washington lawmaker joins bipartisan call for carbon tax overhaul to ease gas painsState Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen, is urging legislative action to lower the price at the pump for Washington motorists paying the second-highest gas prices in the nation, including scrapping or modifying the state’s carbon tax.
- Tolling in Oregon still on target to charge for driving former freewaysOregon’s tolling plans face uncertainty as the state indefinitely pauses I-205 projects and grapples with a $3 billion funding gap, impacting commuters between Oregon and Washington.