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Lawmakers agree to extra time on Route 167 HOT lanes project

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on April 19, 2011 at 1:51 pm with 6 Comments »
April 19, 2011 1:51 pm

Lawmakers have agreed to continue operating toll lanes on Route 167 through June 2013.

The yearlong extension of the high occupancy toll lanes pilot project is included in a transportation budget deal that could receive a Senate floor vote Wednesday.

Since May 2008, commuters on the stretch of Route 167 between Auburn and Renton  have been able to pay to use car-pool lanes and reach their destination faster.

Traffic is moving faster in all lanes of the highway since the charges began, the Department of Transportation says. But the project continues to lose money, even as the lanes gain in popularity.

The Senate cited that fiscal performance in balking at an extension, but came over to the House’s way of thinking in negotiations. House Transportation chairwoman Judy Clibborn sought to continue the project with the goal of eventually linking it to similar proposed toll lanes on Interstate 405.

I-405 express toll lanes, aimed at reducing congestion and raising money for road improvements, received final approval from the Legislature last week.  They would run from the intersection with Interstate 5 in Lynnwood to Northeast Sixth Street in Bellevue.

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  1. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    How about a story about the WSDOT spending 370 million on the 520 bridge for fluffy studies and public relations and little real work.

    The original bridge was 100 million less to build than the money they have spent to just study the new bridge.

    Jordar, how about a story on this one. The state is broke but they sit back and let the WSDOT waste millions.

  2. sunlover says:

    The hot lanes have been a complete failure and have cost the state millions for nothing; but the idiots in Olympia have chosen to throw more money away at nothing. Same old for these people. So sick of this incompetence from WSDOT and our legislators.

  3. Pecksbadboy says:

    Now they want ME to pay for a block to put over my Good To Go sticker so they don’t charge me when I have 4 people in the car when I use the HOT lanes.

    The whole Good To Go and HOT lanes are a dimsmal failure.

  4. The original bridge was 100 million less to build than the money they have spent to just study the new bridge.

    Sure, but $270 million in 1963 dollars would be roughly $1.9 billion today.

  5. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    And your point is what? Are you saying we are going to get a good deal from WSDOT? Just look at the Sprague exit.

    OK, lets do some inflation math.

    derekyoung says that the old bridge built with today’s inflated dollars would be $1.9 billion. Then explain to me why the new bridge is estimated to cost $6.6 billion. And derek that is in today’s dollars.


  6. I was just pointing out that comparing the cost of design to 1963 construction dollars is pretty deceptive given the huge difference in value of the dollar from that time.

    I couldn’t tell you precisely why it will cost so much more, not having intimate details of the project at the ready, but I do know that construction costs have significantly increased largely due to environmental protections, much more stringent construction standards, and material costs that have exploded due to global demand. It’s also quite a bit larger if I recall correctly.

    If we did things they old way, I would figure the cost could be much less, but I prefer bridges of the non-sinking sort.

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