As a region, we need to stregthen our transportation systems, but we need to pay for the work without putting our children into debt. Starting to charge tolls on the Alaskan Way Viaduct will enable the state to pay for some of the preparatory work towards replacing the Viaduct. We have tolls on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the system works smoothly.
The new Tacoma Narrows Bridge has reduced traffic congestion markedly and has been a successful project. Part of the way to finance the project is to charge tolls.