I-90 Tolling Proposal (Halted)
LATEST NEWS: (July 16, 2015) The City’s legal, lobbying, and outreach efforts, along with our citizens’ hard work and involvement, has ultimately stopped the tolling proposal.
The transportation funding package, signed by Governor Inslee on July 15, includes substantial funding ($1.6 billion) for the SR 520 project, eliminating the need for new tolls on I-90. Increased gas taxes are included in the package to fund this and other transportation improvements.
The State is proposing to impose tolls on I-90 to cover a $1.4 billion (and growing) budget shortfall on the portion of the SR 520 bridge project from I-5 to Lake Washington. The decision to toll I-90 is a decision that will be made by the State Legislature and must also be approved by the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA). Because tolling will result in significant adverse impacts to residents, employees, the local economy, school district, City government, religious institutions, and all people who have no choice but to use I-90, the City is vigorously opposing I-90 tolling.
An overview of the City’s position on I-90 tolling issues can be viewed by clicking here.
At its February 4, 2013 meeting, the City Council reaffirmed its opposition to tolling. The Council also authorized the expenditures to fund legal counsel, lobbyist, and experts to advise the City and advocate our interests at the regional, State and Federal levels. At the March 4, 2013 meeting, the City Council unanimously adopted a Work Plan to guide its response to the State’s tolling proposal.
Council Opposition to Tolling and City Work Plan
Click here to view the Final I-90 Tolling Work Plan
The City is responding to the tolling proposal on a number of fronts. The City is actively engaged in WSDOT’s environmental study process, has initiated state and federal lobbying, coalition building with regional leaders, review of federal legal authority to toll an interstate to fund a State highway, and other actions that will help the City best respond to the State’s proposal.
In May 2014, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) published their updated Scoping Summary Report and the results of their Mercer Island resident and business survey. Click here to access the documents. In late 2014/early 2015, FHWA and WSDOT will publish Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
WSDOT Environmental Study (EIS)
Your Input is Important
Your input on tolling is very important and will be used to help form the City's response to the State’s proposal.
To provide comments to the City of Mercer Island, please email I-90TollingInfo@mercergov.org.
Please Note: submitting comments on the I-90 tolling proposal on this website will help the City represent Mercer Island’s interests, but is not a substitute for direct communication with the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration regarding the I-90 tolling proposal and National Environmental Policy Act compliance.
To contact WSDOT with comments or questions, please email Michelle Moulton at I90Study@wsdot.wa.gov
To contact FHWA with comments or questions, please email:
Click here to view a history of WSDOT’s proposal and historical agreements and correspondence regarding Mercer Island and I-90.
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