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HR Bridge toll pricing changes start next month

Hood River Bridge raised.

Photo by Adam Lapierre.
Hood River Bridge raised.

Hood River Bridge customers are advised that beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the discount for purchasing convenience tickets (ticket books) will be discontinued due to increased handling costs. A book of 20 convenience tickets will be available for a purchase price of $20. Tickets purchases may still be made in the Port of Hood River office by Visa, MasterCard, cash or check. Purchases at the tollbooth can only be made by cash or check. Tickets purchased prior to Dec. 31, 2014 will continue to be honored.

Also beginning Jan. 1, the electronic tolling (“BreezeBy”) discount will be reduced from $6.67 to $5 on a $20 purchase. Essentially, this means that in January, a crossing for BreezeBy users will cost 80 cents instead of the current 75 cents. This reflects a CPI increase over the prior three years.

The port originally made the decision to reduce the BreezeBy discount during budget planning in the spring of 2013, but did not implement it until now, according to Port Finance Manager Fred Kowell.

BreezeBy applications are available at the tollbooth, at the port office, and on the port’s website at http://www.portofhoodriver.com/bridge/index.php. The first transponder per household will remain free of charge. Additional transponders added to accounts must be purchased.

If you have questions, please call the port office at (541) 386-1645.

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brown_rice 2 years, 11 months ago

The port keeps raising prices, but where is the discussion for any bridge improvements? That bridge may be a landmark of the CRG, but the citizens would appreciate wider lanes, bike lanes, etc. Instead all we get is higher toll prices. When a new bridge does get proposed, and we muck up the beauty of the Gorge even more, remember hiking up toll rates and not even discussing improvement publicly is part of the problem. The port overdevelops the port area and under develops our bridges. Fantastic.

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LocalObserver 2 years, 11 months ago

@brown_rice: You might want to read up on the cost of putting in a new bridge before popping off. At 80¢ or $1, you are getting a massively subsidized crossing. The toll should be closer to $5 to truly reflect bridge repair and replacement costs.

My question to you: What are you going to do when the bridge is no longer usable because it falls into total disrepair?

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