City Council to host presentation on Interstate 90 tolling March 5

February 28, 2013

By Staff

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NEW — 1:40 p.m. March 5, 2013

A representative from the state’s Department of Transportation will give a presentation about a proposal to toll Interstate 90 at the Newcastle City Council’s March 5 meeting.

The agency is considering a proposal to toll the highway on the 7-mile stretch between Interstate 5 in Seattle and Interstate 405 in Bellevue.

The state plans 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 to 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.

Also on the agenda for the March 5 meeting is a report from Chief Melinda Irvine, who will present information on police services for 2012.

After months of review and discussion about City Manager Rob Wyman’s job performance, the council is expected to decide whether or not to alter his salary for the year.

The agenda for the meeting can be found on the city’s website here.

The Newcastle City Council’s March 5 meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200.

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