Public can comment on Interstate 90 tolling proposal

January 30, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 12:10 p.m. Jan. 30, 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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