Commission considers increased tolls on Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Commission considers increased tolls on Tacoma Narrows Bridge

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Tacoma Narrows Bridge

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 10:03 AM

The Washington State Tranportation Commission is considering increased tolls for drivers crossing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

The commission wants to stablize the bridge's emergency fund, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Climbing debt payments and bridge expenses have lowered the fund below minimum levels.

A citizens advisory committee is studying a toll increase of between 25 and 40 cents. A 40-cent increase starting in July would pay expenses and maintain the fund balance through June 2014.

The state's financial plan for paying off the bridge debt started with low tolls and then increased to a maximum of $6 over time. However, lower-than-estimated crossing numbers mean the tolls will likely climb higher than that estimate.

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