State hosts meetings on Interstate 90 tolling proposal
January 18, 2013
NEW — 12:35 p.m. Jan. 18, 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.
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.