Washington initiative tackles I-90 tolls

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February 27, 2013


By Bailey Ludlam

OLYMPIA, Washington: Pending legislation has at least one group, the "Democracy Workshop," circulating petitions to block tolling on Interstate 90.[1]

The Washington State Legislature is currently considering implementing tolling in order to help balance traffic across Lake Washington and to generate additional revenue for construction on the SR 520 program. According to Washington State Department of Transportation officials, if approved, tolls could start in 2015.[2]

Opponents, including "Democracy Workshop," argue that the tolls will hurt fix-income seniors and restrict neighborhood tourism. In order to qualify for the ballot opponents need to gather roughly 350,000 signatures.[3]

According to a report by Mercer Island Patch since tolling started on SR 520 congestion has increased on Interstate 5, 90 and State Route 522 due to drivers trying to avoid SR 520.[2]

The state is currently studying the environmental effects of adding tolls to I-90, between Seattle and Bellevue.

More about the plan can be read here.

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