How do you pay for a bridge that was constructed before funding was secured? You toll an entirely different road of course!
The 520 bridge in the Seattle area is just this project. One plan to pay for the bridge, which also has experienced $100 million in engineering snafu’s, is to toll Interstate 90 to help pay for the $1.4 billion shortfall.
This proposal, and how we arrived at this point, is just too outlandish to write about…..so why not listen….
Learn more about this “fundamentally flawed” proposal, as well as other disturbing and related issues with this project by listening to my interview with Paul Guppy, VP of Research for the Washington Policy Center (originally aired on my local radio program, In The Booth).
Click Here to Listen: Bad Tolling Plan
I’ve long been an opponent of toll roads in most cases. Proponents of toll roads generally argue tolls are nothing more than a “user fee,” while I argue the gas tax is that “user fee” – unfortunately states and the federal government generally don’t use the gas tax entirely for what I believe it’s intended purpose is, to fund highways. This proposal, however, takes the idea of tolling to an entirely new disturbing level.