OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington state Legislature has passed a transportation budget that continues spending on existing big-ticket projects but does not fund new ones.
The $8.8 billion proposal, passed Sunday by both the House and Senate, includes continued funding for the Alaskan Way Viaduct tunnel project, a replacement bridge for State Route 520 over Lake Washington and high-occupancy lanes on Interstate 5 in Tacoma.
The measure represents a compromise between the two legislative chambers.
It passed the House by a 72-25 vote and advanced from the Senate by a 46-1 vote. It heads next to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee.
Lawmakers are leaving aside for now a transportation revenue plan for new projects that relies largely on a 10-cent hike in the gas tax.