WSDOT Is Gathering Public Input Regarding Potential Tolling of I-90

If you have an opinion about the WSDOT initiating a toll on I-90 between I-5 in Seattle and I-405 in Bellevue, now is the time to share your thoughts. Officials from WSDOT are spending time during 2013 gathering data and public comments regarding the potential tolling of the I-90 floating bridge stretch. Your first opportunity to hear more information about WSDOT’s thoughts on I-90 tolling, and their corresponding traffic data, is at the City Council’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Craig Stone, assistant secretary of the WSDOT Toll Division, will be on hand at Mercer Island City Hall to share I-90 toll information, in addition to presenting information on the I-90 Two-Way Transit Project and Sound Transit East Link Light Rail Transit Project.

At the end of January, WSDOT will also be hosting 3 public meetings. These meetings are a precursor to the environmental assessment the WSDOT will be conducting, as required by the National Environmental Protection Act. Per the WSDOT, “The end result of the I-90 environmental assessment will be a report that consists of a technical evaluation and social and economic review of tolling on I-90.”

If you would like to attend these public meetings, below is the schedule, with meeting places, dates and times.

According to a Bellevue Patch article, WSDOT Tolls Division spokesperson Colleen Gants indicated that input received from the public helps guide the environmental assessment, and could provide some influence on its conclusions. “For example, we don’t know yet where we would place the toll gantry,” in the I-90 corridor, said Gants. “We are looking at that whole stretch of roadway.”

The public is also welcome to send information requests and comments to I90study@wsdot.Wa.Gov, or call Michelle Moutin at (206) 464-1249.

The possibility of initiating a toll on the I-90 Floating Bridge has been considered in Olympia for the past 5 years. Last year, the state legislature tapped WSDOT to initiate a review the issue. The current push behind the possible toll is needed funding for the completion of renovations to the 520 Floating Bridge. The state is short about $1.4 billion to finish the work on State Route 520.

What are your thoughts about a potential toll on I-90’s Floating Bridge?

3 Comments

  1. I think that what is presently charged to cross the bridges is way too much! The working people are having a hard enough time paying for their gas, etc. If the state would lower the fee to $1.00 or $1.50 and charge a toll on all bridges in the State of Washington, forever. This would generate money to pay for new bridges and maint. when needed. If the cost was lower, more people would use them rather than try to get around them. Remember; people are not as well off these days. Business’s need a break so they will hire more employees, etc, etc. P.S– I have mentioned this to lots of people and they think it better than what is being charged now.

  2. Hi Michael — thank you for stopping by Mercer Island Pulse and sharing your comment. You said that what the state is presently charging to cross bridges is too expensive. The Narrows Bridge and 520 Bridge tolls are charged differently. 520 is charged by time of crossing and the Narrows by the axle. Is your suggestion to charge a straight $1.00 or $1.50 charge for crossing all western Washington bridges?

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