Public can comment on Interstate 90 tolling proposal

January 28, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 2 p.m. Jan. 28, 2013

The state Department of Transportation is evaluating potential impacts of tolling Interstate 90, and the public can comment on the proposal.

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 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.

Jan. 22 started a 30-day public comment period for the tolling proposal. Offer feedback to the Department of Transportation at www.wsdot.wa.gov/tolling/i90/onlinescoping before midnight Feb. 22.

Residents can email comments to I90EAcomments@wsdot.wa.gov, or send feedback to Angela Angove, 999 Third Ave., Suite 2200, Seattle, WA 98104. Feb. 22 is the postmark deadline for mailed comments.

The agency is conducting a broad environmental assessment to evaluate possible effects of tolling I-90.

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2 Responses to “Public can comment on Interstate 90 tolling proposal”

  1. Gary on January 29th, 2013 1:55 pm

    Why do you even ask us what we think? You do what you want as if you’re kings and queens with our money and now you want to FORCE more people to pay for another project that you can’t fund with your original bad math.
    Just more of the same old dysfunction from our good for nothing state lawmakers.

  2. Ginette Hamilton on February 2nd, 2013 3:32 pm

    THIS IS A VENGEFUL ACT ON THE PART OF OUR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS BECAUSE A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE DON’T USE THE SR 520. The impact it would have on those who have jobs in either direction, businesses that count on people coming in from other areas and those wanting to visit family members would be enormous. Your thought process on this is myopic.

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