A recent Oregonian article outlined the proposed Newberg-Dundee bypass toll road.
In light of the current push to consider toll roads in Oregon, it’s perhaps instructive to look at the experience at other states. It’s a cautionary tale.
As this investigative report in the Denver Post found, 86% of toll roads built in 8 states in the last several years have failed to meet traffic projections.
Among other things the article suggests a conflict of interest between those who benefit from building the roads and consultants hired to make projections causes building more roads than are justified.
Others suggest that the toll road push is part of a broader right-wing agenda designed to privatize much of government. For a good summary of some of the issues involved, check out this post from last August on the blog Unbossed.
What do folks think? Do toll roads belong in