A number of residents have asked us to post this bulletin for them. Following is a letter from Gary Newbore that explains the concern:
The Oregon Department of Transportation has had a draft plan for some time now for putting a tolling station on the I-205 Abernathy Bridge in West Linn and another north of downtown Portland on I-5 to raise funds. They just amended that draft plan to include a third tolling station on the Boone Bridge. PERSONALLY I AM OUTRAGED! How many times a week does your family cross the Boone Bridge? This plan splits the city of Wilsonville and unfairly penalizes residents of Charbonneau. Every time you go get groceries, go to the library, get gas, etc. just add $3-5 to your trip, depending on the actual toll amount they wind up charging. Or I guess you can always drive to Canby and pay the same thing in gas.
I am attaching the letter I sent on behalf of the CCC Board, but I ask all of you to forward this email to your HOA residents and strongly encourage them to send letters or emails to Bob Van Brocklin, Chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission.
If by mail the address is :
355 Capitol St. MS 11
Salem, Oregon, 97301-8871
and if by email it is: OHP Manager@odot.oregon.gov
The only way we are going be able to stop this thing is a huge outpouring of letters and emails to ODOT expressing our overwhelming objection to this unfair location of this proposed tolling station. One of ODOT’S objectives is to reduce carbon emissions and not increase VMT-vehicle miles traveled. This does neither, in my opinion.
A TOLL BOOTH ON THE BOONE BRIDGE WILL REDUCE YOUR PROPERTY VALUE AND MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT TO SELL YOUR HOUSE, AS WELL AS COST YOU A LOT OF MONEY TO GO TO OUR CITY OF WILSONVILLE.
So please encourage your HOA residents to get involved and send some letters or emails. Let us show them how the residents of Charbonneau feel! If you have any questions, please call me.