State hosts meetings on Interstate 90 tolling proposal
January 15, 2013
The state Department of Transportation is evaluating potential impacts of tolling Interstate 90, and the public can learn more about the proposal at a series of meetings on the Eastside and in Seattle.
The agency is considering a proposal to toll the highway on the seven-mile stretch between Interstate 5 in Seattle and Interstate 405 in Bellevue.
The state Department of Transportation is hosting public meetings about a proposal to toll Interstate 90. Each meeting runs from 4-7 p.m.
On the Web
Read about the Issaquah City Council’s reaction to a proposal to toll Interstate 90 at http://bit.ly/ZYjOXe.
The state is at work on a $4.1 billion project to replace the 49-year-old floating state Route 520 bridge across Lake Washington and overhaul the 12.8-mile corridor between I-5 in Seattle and state Route 202 in Redmond.
The floating bridge is scheduled to open in traffic by early 2015.
Though the project is estimated to cost $522 million less than the initial $4.65 billion estimate, transportation officials still need to raise $1.4 billion in funding for the bridge replacement effort.
In 2008, state lawmakers asked the Department of Transportation to study tolling along the I-90 corridor as a way to generate revenue for the project.
The agency is conducting a broad environmental assessment to evaluate possible effects of tolling I-90. The study is required under the National Environmental Protection Act to determine any consequences, positive or negative.
The environmental assessment results in a report, including a technical evaluation and a social and economic review of tolling the stretch of interstate.
In November, Craig Stone, Toll Division director for the Department of Transportation, received a cool reception from the Issaquah City Council after a briefing about I-90 tolling.