House approves tolls at Columbia River Crossing
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The House has passed a plan allowing tolls to rebuild the Interstate 5 bridge connecting Portland and Vancouver.
The House passed the measure on a 65-33 vote Wednesday night. The Senate passed the measure earlier this month, so it now goes to the governor for her signature.
Supporters say the project will aid the economy both through the construction and having an improved corridor when the work is complete.
The Washington law is a beginning step for a project that is expected to cost roughly $3 billion. Bond sales backed by toll revenues are expected to cover about one-third of the costs while the remainder is expected to come from a combination of state money from both states and federal funds.