Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll rates and highway safety key items at Transportation Commission Meeting
Transportation Commission Office - PO Box 47308 - Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Date: February 12, 2015
Contact: Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070
OLYMPIA – New toll rates for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and possibly for the State Route 520 Bridge, will be among the topics of discussion when the Washington State Transportation Commission meets next week in Olympia. Other topics include new highway and street designs to improve conditions for multimodal users, as well as issues currently being considered in the legislature.
The meeting starts at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, and at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb.19, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. The meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment periods at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, and at noon Thursday.
On Wednesday morning, the commission will hear a presentation on Safe Street Design, with briefings from Daniel Mathis, Federal Highway Administration; Dongho Chang, City of Seattle; and Paula Reeves, Washington State Department of Transportation. The presentation will illustrate work being done locally and abroad to improve safety and mobility for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles.
Other presentations on Wednesday link to topics under consideration in the legislature, including the transportation investment proposal of the Washington Roundtable, WSDOT’s Aviation Investment Study, challenges with providing special needs transportation, and discussion of the safety and fiscal impacts of studded tires. In addition, the State Auditor’s Office will brief the commission regarding an audit that has just started on WSDOT’s toll collection system.
Thursday morning is devoted to tolling topics, beginning with a complete review of traffic and revenue on the SR 520 Bridge to assess whether to confirm, or possibly adjust, a planned 2.5 percent toll rate increase for the bridge to take effect on July 1.
The commission will then review the Tacoma Narrows Bridge financial plan and consider traffic and revenue data, along with several tolling scenarios developed by WSDOT’s Tolling Division, in preparation for releasing a toll proposal this spring. Commission members anticipate receiving a recommendation from the TNB Citizens’ Advisory Committee on toll rates that cover the revenue requirements for bond payments, maintenance and preservation, and toll operations for the eastbound bridge. The proposed toll rates would take effect on July 1.
Thursday’s tolling discussions conclude with an update on tolling fines and enforcement.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/