State hosts meetings on Interstate 90 tolling proposal

January 18, 2013

By Staff

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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.

Get involved

The state Department of Transportation is hosting public meetings about a proposal to toll Interstate 90. Each meeting runs from 4-7 p.m.

Jan. 29

  • Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St.

Jan. 30

  • Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E.

Jan. 31

  • Yesler Community Center, 917 E. Yesler Way, Seattle

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.

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