- Didn't make it to a public meeting? You can still comment through Feb. 22 and tell us what you think about I-90 tolling.
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. I-90 tolling will also help alleviate congestion on I-90 giving travelers a safer, more reliable trip.
Commuters and communities are encouraged to get involved with the study process by learning about the project and submitting comments.
How to comment
999 Third Avenue Suite 2200
Seattle, WA 98104
The public scoping comment period is from January 22 to February 22, 2013. WSDOT has created a Community Guide (pdf 1 mb) to provide an overview of the project and guidance to the public on how to best provide meaningful and timely input to the I-90 Tolling Environmental Assessment.
What is an environmental assessment?
An environmental assessment is a study required as part of the National Environmental Protection Act to establish any influences, either positive or negative, about a potential project. By considering environmental effects and mitigation measures early, an EA supports better decision making and provides opportunities for public participation.
How can you get involved?
The environmental assessment process provides an opportunity for you to be involved with decision making, have access to information about the study, and contact the project team so they can take your information into account. Project scoping is an ideal time to provide input to the process; however community input is welcome at any time.
Project scoping is an ideal time to provide input to the process through discussions with staff and written formal comments.
Scoping helps determine the range of issues to be studied in a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental review document. During the scoping phase, WSDOT and The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will review comments and input from members of the public, tribes, and other government agencies on the proposal, the purpose and need statement, the project concept, and the issues and potential effects.
Following scoping, the environmental assessment (EA) will present the results of an in-depth project analysis relative to key environmental resources covering the built, natural and social environments, on topics such as transportation, air quality and environmental justice. The EA will identify the potential benefits and effects of the project, and suggest measures to avoid or minimize any adverse effects.
Public comment and review are essential components throughout the entire environmental process and an additional comment period will follow the release of the EA.