Wash. Senate releasing transportation plan - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Wash. Senate releasing transportation plan

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state Senate has a new $4.3 billion transportation plan that would continue paying for several "mega-projects" while putting off 31 other items.

The mega-projects include replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct on Seattle's waterfront, a new Highway 520 bridge across Lake Washington in Seattle, and a north-south highway in Spokane.

Recent increases in the state gas tax were sold as a way to pay for 16 years' worth of transportation projects.

Senate Transportation Chairwoman Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, says it now looks like all that money will be used up by 2015.

Officials from both parties say the state needs to study tolling and other ideas for replacing gas taxes as Washington's major source of transportation money.

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