Oregon examines tolling 7-mile stretch of Interstate 5

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Transportation is examining the possibility of charging tolls on a seven-mile (11-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 5 near downtown Portland.

KATU-TV reports the department’s current plan is looking at tolling the interstate from the exit for Alberta Street to south of downtown at the Multnomah off-ramp.

Department officials say it’s too early to say how much the tolls will cost. It could take at least five years before a plan is implemented.

Alando Simpson of the Oregon Transportation Commission says officials are examining how they can direct people into other modes of transportation so the current heavy dependence on the highway system can be reduced.