WA House approves changes to SR 520 toll spending - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

WA House approves changes to SR 520 toll spending

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The state House has approved a plan to expand the way tolls can be spent on the State Route 520 replacement project.

The bill was endorsed on a 78-19 vote Tuesday night. It heads over to the state Senate for further debate.

Originally, tolls collected for the 520 project were only supposed to be spent on the main bridge itself. The changes approved Tuesday would allow tolls to pay for additional projects that are considered part of the overall 520 replacement.

The House version also seeks to limit the bridge's height to 20 feet. The height of the new bridge is one of the elements at the center of political fights over the design of the 520 replacement.

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