Inslee Transportation Plan

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announced on Tuesday a plan to redesign the transportation funding in the state.  His 12 year plan would collect $12 billion. 

About one third of the funds would come from a new tax on carbon polluters, targeting the worst polluters.  That would amount to an estimated $400 million per year.  The plan also expects close to $4 billion in tolls and fees in the state, and $3 billion in construction bonds. 

Over the 12 year plan, Inslee also assumes that Congress will approve more funding on some projects.  These include completion of the 520 bridge for $1.4 billion state dollars; $1.3 billion on Interstate 405 between Bellevue and Renton; improving Interstate 5 by Joint Base Lewis-McChord for $278 million; $432 million for US 395 from Francis to the Spokane River; and $2 million for highways 509 and 167, and Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass. 

The funds would go towards the most urgent transportation issues, such as aging bridges, crumbling roads, and air and water cleanliness.  Inlsee said the changes would help safety, traffic congestion, and clean transportation for the region.