In 2022, the Washington State Legislature directed the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) in Section 205 of the Supplemental Transportation Budget to conduct a study to assess the viability of tolling in order to support the cost of building a new Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge. The results of this planning-level study are now available below, and will be used to support policy and funding decisions for the proposed replacement bridge, as well as to inform a potential investment-grade traffic and revenue study in the future.
Study Report Documents
- Folio Summary of Study Findings and Recommendations (pdf 1.8mb)
- Final Report (pdf 18.9mb)
- Report Appendices (pdf 6mb)
Key Local Partners
The WSTC worked closely and collaborated with two key partners:
- Port of Hood River who owns and operates the current bridge, and
- Bridge Replacement Bi-State Working Group, the coalition of local partners leading efforts to design, build and fund a new Hood River Bridge.
Study Milestones & Schedule
- August 2022: WSTC began work on the study.
- November 17 – December 15, 2022: WSTC conducted travel survey to gather travel information from motorists who use the bridge to inform the study.
- January 2023: WSTC approved up to eight preliminary tolling scenarios for further analysis.
- April 2023: WSTC approved two refined tolling scenarios for further analysis.
- May 2023: Study findings and recommendations presented to the WSTC and approved.
- June 2023: Final report of findings and recommendations submitted to the Washington State Legislature.