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
System transponders enable discounted tolls for both toll bridges in the Gorge
Port of Hood River’s BreezeBy electronic
tolling system has been operational at the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks
since January 6.
Bridge users who have signed up for BreezeBy
will pay only $1.25 per crossing at the Bridge of the Gods, and $1.00 at the
Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge, versus $2.00 cash tolls at both
bridges. (Toll rates depend on vehicle class, with larger class vehicle tolls
determined by the number of axles.)
BreezeBy transponders can now be used for payment on the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks.
Current Port of Hood River BreezeBy customers
don’t need to do anything to be able to use their transponders on the Bridge of
the Gods. BreezeBy customer account statements will depict which bridge was
crossed for each charge to the account balance.
In Cascade Locks, BreezeBy transponders replace
the Port of Cascade Locks “Local Stickers” and coupon books that have
traditionally provided local commuters with discounted tolls. After February 3,
coupons are no longer valid for toll payment on the Bridge of the Gods, but
customers can convert unused bridge coupon value to BreezeBy account credit at
either Port office during regular business hours.
This photo illustrates the proper installation location for BreezeBy transponders.
New BreezeBy customers can open an account
online and receive their transponders in the mail. There are no fees to open an
account, and each account receives one transponder for free; each additional
transponder costs $5.00.
New accounts can be created online at
portofcascadelocks.org or portofhoodriver.com. There is no required personal
identification to open an account, but each transponder is linked to a specific
vehicle so the make, model, color, year, and license plate number is required.
New customers should expect to receive their new transponders in the mail
within 3-4 business days, depending on the volume of orders. New customers can also open accounts at
either Port office during regular business hours. New accounts cannot be
created at the toll booths, however, due to traffic flow and safety concerns.
The “BreezeBy” system was first implemented for
the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge in 2006, establishing the first
electronic tolling system in Oregon. The system utilizes prepaid funds and
transponders to facilitate faster commutes through the toll plaza and provide
For more information, contact the Port of
Cascade Locks via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Port
office at office at 427 Portage Road in Cascade Locks. Questions can also be
directed to the Port of Hood River via email to email@example.com, or visit the
Port office at 1000 E. Port Marina Drive in Hood River.
In 2020, the Port of Hood River will initiate major updates to its Strategic Business Plan (Plan), the guiding document for the Port Commission and staff regarding policies, operations, and projects over the next five or more years.
The process to prepare
the Plan, including its final content and structure, must address significant
future challenges on the horizon. As such, the organization has identified numerous key considerations to be covered in the Plan process.