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Would You Support A Tax Increase Or Freeway Toll To Fund Completion Of SR 167?

The state will need public funds help to finish SR 167 from Puyallup to the Port of Tacoma, a $1.5 billion proposal. Would you support a road toll, or pay higher gas taxes to finish the freeway?

As regional growth continues to push on, talks of finishing SR 167 from Puyallup to the Port of Tacoma have become serious. This legislative session, local representatives are taking the lead to make SR 167 completion a state priority, creating new buzz on how to pay for it all.

Funding for SR 167, which is estimated to cost about $1.5 billion, could come from raising gas taxes or starting new freeway tolls, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

In the proposal, King and Pierce County drivers could see HOT lanes as part of the SR 167 funding project, which could allow single drivers to pay to use carpool lanes on Interstate 5 through Pierce County. Projected toll revenues aren’t enough to foot the bill of the entire construction project, plus drivers could use different routes to avoid the toll, unlike the Narrows Bridge, for example. An additional gas tax is also being discussed that would benefit the SR 167 completion and other regional projects.

An updated study of potential tolling options for SR 167 is scheduled to release next week. 

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PAT KENMIR January 23, 2013 at 09:02 PM
NO GAS TAX INCREASE OF 14 CENTS! DO NOT INCREASE MY LICENSE FEE BY $ 40.00 A YEAR! YOU ARE ALREADY USING MY GAS TAX MONEY TO FUND A TROLLY LINE IN SEATTLE I WILL NEVER USE AND NEVER WANTED KING COUNTY EXECUTIVE! STOP WITH THE GAS AND CAR TAX INCREASES!
PAT KENMIR January 24, 2013 at 06:44 AM
AND NO TOLLS ON 167! I HAVE ALREADY PAID STATE GAS TAXES ON THAT ROAD FOR YEARS, SINCE IT WAS BUILT IN 1962 AND I AM STILL PAYING STATE AND GAS TAXES ON IT STILL. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! I AM ON SOCIAL SECURITY NOW AND HAVE ENOUGH BILLS TO PAY ALREADY WITHOUT HAVING TO START PAYING TOLLS ON A PAID FOR, US STATE HIGHWAY!
scottb January 24, 2013 at 06:24 PM
How about using existing funds that are disproportionately spent on public transit for the road instead? It is a case where more money is spent on less people and it is tiresome. I think we need a peoples initiative to stop overspending on public transit and force road repair and rebuilding. Time are you there? And while I agree with "all CAPS" guy- shouting does not help your argument. It hurts it... ; - )
scottb January 24, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Sorry- I meant Tim

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