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Poll: Majority of drivers would avoid I-5 over tolls

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A majority of drivers who use Interstate 5 to cross the border into Portland would use I-205 instead if a toll was implemented, according to a recent poll.

PEMCO Insurance conducted the poll of local drivers to gauge how they would react to a toll as part of the Columbia River Crossing Transit Project .

Proposals for funding the project include state and federal money, along with the possibility of tolls on a sliding scale depending on the time of day.

It showed that one in three drivers aren't planning to change their route or mode of transportation to avoid a charge for crossing the bridge.

Twelve percent said they'd carpool more often and 9 percent said they would ride the bus more frequently.

When the figures are broken down by the side of the bridge being polled, about two out of every five drivers in Portland said they would use the Columbia River Crossing just as often as they do now, even with a toll.

In Clark County, however, 65 percent of drivers said they would use the bridge less often.

A majority of them, 77 percent in Clark County and 52 percent in Portland, said they intend to use I-205 to cross the state line if a toll is implemented on I-5.

You can look at a summary of results on the PEMCO Insurance website.

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