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first_imgWith time running short for the Columbia River Crossing, Oregon is working on a tolling plan that would allow the state to suspend the driver’s licenses of out-of-state toll scofflaws.Proponents of the $2.8 billion I-5 bridge and freeway expansion will need a big boost from the Oregon Legislature and the Washington Department of Licensing for that to happen.According to a just-issued opinion from the Oregon Department of Justice, the CRC proponents need the Oregon Legislature to pass a new law and Washington to change an administrative rule for the plan to work.“Implementation of such an agreement requires new Oregon legislation designating toll violations as traffic violations subject to citation,” said DOJ attorney Steven Wolf in a letter dated Feb. 5.The Washington State Attorney General recently opined that the current plan would require the Washington Department of Licensing to change its own rules.Oregon was forced to dive into the fine points of toll collection and enforcement after Washington dropped out as an equal partner in the $3.6 billion CRC last summer. Until then, the plan had been for Washington, which already collects tolls on two of its major bridges, to handle it. A downsized $2.8 billion project, with Oregon going in alone, was subsequently floated.last_img

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