2003 "Nickel" funding package

View the 2003 Nickle revenue package, which funds 158 projects over a 10-year period and includes a 5 cents per gallon gas tax increase, a 15 percent increase in gross weight fees on heavy trucks and 0.3 percent increase in the sales tax on motor vehicles.

Enacted for transportation by the 2003 Washington Legislature. The revenue package funded 158 projects over a 10-year period for a total of $3.9 billion. The revenue package consisted of a 5 cents gas tax increase, 15 percent increase in gross weight fees on heavy trucks and a 0.3 percent increase in sales tax on new motor vehicle purchases. All Nickel package revenue elements were deposited into the Nickel account to pay for the highway projects.

The 2003 Washington State Legislature enacted the Nickel funding package: "It's your Nickel, watch it Work."

The revenue package funds 158 projects over a 10-year period. The Nickel package includes:

  • 5 cents per gallon gas tax increase.
  • 15 percent increase in gross weight fees on heavy trucks.
  • 0.3 percent increase in the sales tax on motor vehicles.

When the projects are built, and the accompanying bonds are paid off, the five-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase will expire. A summary of the project delivery from the September 2021 Gray Notebook quarterly report (PDF 3.2MB) can be viewed here.

Traction tires are a special type of tire

manufactured with at least 1/8 of an inch tread. Traction tires are usually marked with a mountain/snowflake symbol, the letters M+S or “All Season.”

Carry chains, practice before leaving

Requiring chains keeps traffic moving during storms rather than closing a pass or roadway.

Prep your car. Fill up your gas tank,

pack jumper cables, ice scraper, warm clothing, snacks and water.