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Tacoma Narrows Bridge tolls on State Transportation Commission’s agenda March 19 and 20

OLYMPIA  — The Washington State Transportation Commission will propose new toll rates for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, along with State Route 520 floating bridge, at its meeting next week in Olympia.

The meeting will start 9 a.m. each day, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capital Campus. The meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment periods scheduled at the close of each day.

Tuesday afternoon, the commission will discuss toll rate changes for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and SR 520 floating bridge. It is expected to arrive at a decision on rate changes and will release its toll-rate proposals for public review. Public hearings on the proposed toll rates will take place in April and May. The proposed new toll rates would take effect on July 1.

More details about the public hearings will be released after the commission meeting.

On Wednesday, the commission also will hear from representatives of the Transportation Improvement Board and the County Road Administration Board on how city and county road projects are being designed to maximize value and minimize costs. Washington State Department of Transportation staff will brief the commission on the cost drivers for highway construction projects. The commission also will learn of responses across the nation to MAP-21, the new federal transportation policy legislation. In addition, the commission will discuss the future of WSDOT with new Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson.

For more information about the commission and complete meeting agenda, visit www.wstc.wa.gov.

 

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