Hundreds of Mercer Island residents filled the Mercer Room at the Community and Event Center to capacity to hear WSDOT Toll Division Director Craig Stone speak at the first public open house held by the DOT. Some attendees were barred from entering the room due to the capacity limit. The 'No Toll On I-90' organization was present in the community center lobby.
At the Legislature’s direction, WSDOT is preparing an environmental assessment that will evaluate the effects of tolling Interstate 90 between I-5 in Seattle and I-405 in Bellevue. Tolls are being considered to generate revenue to help fund replacement of the SR-520 floating bridge.
The end result of the I-90 environmental assessment will be a report that consists of a technical evaluation and social and economic review of tolling on I-90.
Two additional public meetings will be held in Bellevue and Seattle today and tomorrow.
• From 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E.
• From 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Yesler Community Center, 917 East Yesler Way, Seattle.
For more information, go to www.wsdot.gov.