I’m really not sure what reactions they’re expecting. What trucker is going to call them up and tell them that they really just have too much cash and would like to spend more of it on tolls? Well, like it or not, we do have to keep our highways maintained somehow, so rather than just flooding their inbox with thousands of “no” answers, we should take a look at what they’re trying to accomplish.
The WSDOT is trying to fill a funding gap of approximately $1.4 billion in the State Route 520 bridge replacement project. There’s no way around it, the bridge is getting replaced, so telling them not to isn’t going to be helpful. Their options are really either to cut $1.4 billion worth of funding from some other project, raise the existing tolls, or, as they propose, start tolling a new section of highway.
In fact, the WSDOT claims that the tolling would actually help resolve some current problems. According to their proposal, since the tolling would be all-electronic it wouldn’t cause any meaningful delays in travel. The proposal also notes that tolling I-90 would encourage local drivers to use alternate routes and help alleviate congestion on the roads.
If you have any input to give on the project, let the WSDOT know what’s on your mind by filling out their form here.