Washington state could toll I-90 to fund bridge project

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | 1/25/2013

Public comment is now open on a plan in Washington state to toll a portion of Interstate 90 to pay for the State Route 520 bridge replacement in Seattle. The plan requires legislation and federal approval before it can proceed, but public comments are critical over the next 30 days and will be again during a second comment period planned for November.

The Washington Department of Transportation is conducting a study on the impact and social effects of tolling I-90 from the I-5 to I-405 in the Seattle region.

WSDOT has scheduled three public hearings, each from 4 to 7 p.m., as follows:

Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 SE 24th St., Mercer Island, WA
Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA
Thursday, Jan. 31, at Yesler Community Center, 917 E. Yesler Way, Seattle, WA

A 30-day public comment period is open through Feb. 22, according to a published notice.

Send comments via email to I90EAcomments@wsdot.wa.gov or write to Angela Angove, 999 Third Ave., Suite 2200, Seattle, WA 98104.

State officials are planning another round of public comment period in November to discuss the study findings.

A final report on I-90 tolls is due to lawmakers in 2014. If approved, I-90 could be tolled as early as 2015 or 2016, the state department says.

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