Eastern Washingtonians Could Help Pay For West-Side Roads

Eastern Washingtonians Could Help Pay For West-Side Roads

Bill Passed Yesterday

CLARKSTON, WA – Eastern Washingtonians will likely get to help pay for express lanes on Interstate 405 that runs through Bellevue and State Route 167 that runs south of 405. 

Legislators passed Senate Bill 5825 yesterday just before the state government closed for the session. 

The bill creates tolls for the creation of new lanes, but if the money from tolls isn’t enough, funds from fuel taxes and vehicle fees state-wide will cover the rest.

The state plans to take out bonds of up to $1.16 Billion to create the lanes, and another $340 Million for the “Puget Sound Gateway Facility”.

Local Senator Mark Schoesler voted against the bill that came through the Senate and local Representatives Mary Dye and Joe Schmick both voted against it in the House.

The bill has yet to be signed by Governor Inslee making it law.

For the full text of the bill that passed the legislature: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Passed%20Legislature/5825-S.PL.pdf

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