On May 1, the Port will resume tolling, but will implement a Pay-by-Plate billing system for all vehicles that do not have a BreezeBy transponder. Pay-by-Plate bills will be sent in the mail to the registered owners of those vehicles with charges for the $2 base toll rate plus a $3 ancillary fee per crossing. BreezeBy toll rates will remain the same, at a $1 base toll and no ancillary fees. Base toll rates are for 2-axle vehicles.Read More
COVID-19 threat prompts temporary closures
HOOD RIVER, OR – In response to the COVID-19
coronavirus pandemic, and in cooperation with the City, County, and Hood River Valley
Parks & Rec District’s collective efforts to promote social distancing and reduce
the risks of community spread of the virus in our community, the Port of Hood
River will close all its waterfront parks until further notice.
On March 23, Oregon Governor Kate Brown
issued Executive Order 20-12 “Stay at Home Except for Essential Needs,”
restricting public gatherings. Please see the full details of this order here: http://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19.
Residents and visitors alike are urged to comply with the order and avoid gatherings
of all kinds. As part of the Governor’s order, all non-essential social and
recreational gatherings of individuals are prohibited immediately, regardless
of size, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be
maintained. The Governor is urging Oregonians to go for walks and recreate in
their own neighborhoods, close to home.
The Port closures affect the Event Site beach, the Nichols Basin beach and docks, the Spit Access parking lot, the Marina Green, the Marina Park, and the Marina Swim Beach.
The Waterfront Trail will remain open for walking,
jogging, and dog walking but users are urged to comply with Governor Brown’s
order to maintain a six-foot distance between people at all times and groups of
more than 2 people are not allowed.
Signs will be posted at the closed areas as
soon as possible.
For more information, contact the Port of
Hood River via email to email@example.com.
HOOD RIVER, OR – During their March 17 meeting, the Port of Hood River Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a seven day suspension of all tolls on the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge beginning 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 20 through 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 27 while Port staff works to implement safety measures to enable continued operations at the toll booth.Read More
This morning, the Port of Hood River issued a notice that, due to the risk of the spread of the coronavirus in our community, the Port would temporarily stop accepting cash payments for tolls at the bridge. This means that cash-paying customers will cross for free. The bridge will remain open to all vehicle traffic, but in order to remove all person-to-person contact at the toll plaza, we must stop taking cash payments. Cash payments will no longer be required beginning 12:01 a.m., March 18. The “BreezeBy” electronic tolling system will remain active.
This is a temporary measure in response to the threat of the coronavirus entering our community. At this time the Port will continue electronic tolling since it does not involve person-to-person contact.
The bridge will remain open to all vehicle traffic.The automatic gates in the BreezeBy lanes will be lifted and remain open during this period.Vehicles without BreezeBy transponders will pass through the BreezeBy lane – there will be no need to stop and pay.
Tolling agencies throughout the country are responding to the coronavirus pandemic and are working together to share information on best practices. Many tolling agencies in the western U.S. are no longer accepting cash payments and implementing other social distancing measures. However, no tolling agency has suspended electronic tolling at this time. Most tolling agencies have a pay-by-plate billing option for customers without transponder accounts, in which a motorist receives a bill in the mail for their tolls after the crossing. The Port is working to implement such a pay-by-plate billing system, but it will not be ready until summer. If it were operational, the Port would have diverted cash payments to a pay-by-plate billing at this time.
We are hearing your feedback that suspension of cash tolls while keeping electronic tolling active is unfair. In response, please know that this action meets our common objectives to:
Limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission into our community from cash handling and person-to-person contacts at the toll booth.Mitigate traffic impacts and keep the bridge open to all vehicle traffic.Maintain all other normal operations to the greatest degree possible.
The costs and expenses to maintain the nearly 100-year old bridge remain, and therefore it is important to continue normal operations and tolling as much as possible. Since electronic tolling requires no person-to-person contact and doesn’t present a risk for transmission, it will continue for now.
This is a temporary solution and not a perfect one. We are in a rapidly evolving local and national situation that is impacting all our lives in direct and meaningful ways. The Port of Hood River Commission and staff will continue to monitor all factors and our approach to any aspect of Port operations is almost certain to change. The highest priority is protecting community, customer and staff safety in any way we can. Public input is appreciated at any time.
Thank you for your understanding. Michael McElwee Executive DirectorPort of Hood RiverRead More
HOOD RIVER, OR – The Port of Hood River is alerting motorists that the manned toll booth at the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge will closed beginning at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 17 to reduce the potential for employee and public exposure to the Corona virus pandemic. There have been no reported cases of coronavirus in any Port department. This closure is not mandatory, but rather a social-distancing measure.Read More