Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Some Mercer Island residents oppose tolls on Interstate 90
Highway 520 should not be financed with I-90 tolls
Highway 520 is a case of [state lawmakers] counting their chickens before they hatched [“I-90 tolls: Islanders incensed,” page one, Jan. 31].
The budget was based on 520 tolling starting at a certain time and an estimated certain number of people paying the toll. Tolling started a year late and fewer people are using the 520 bridge than thought.
The correct thing to do here is push the timeline out for completing the 520 work and stay within the actual income. [The state should] pay for 520 with its own money, not from tolling Interstate 90.
--Sally Santiago, North Bend
Complaints echo America’s selfishness
Road tolls are ubiquitous throughout the world and in the eastern U.S. A user fee is fair and equitable. Current fiscal approaches are clearly inadequate to build new or maintain existing infrastructures that serve all.
“Why should I be paying a toll for somebody else’s bridge?” exemplifies a selfish mentality that plagues America.
--H.T. Wong, Seattle
Mercer Island complaints are self-centered
Mercer Islanders have short memories. Don’t they remember, in the late 1980s when they brazenly blackmailed King County citizens, Washington state and the highway commission?
For those who don’t remember, Mercer Island and its citizens scandalously held up development of the Interstate 90 expansion until the state agreed to provide Mercer Island citizens with their own private onramps and offramps and private lanes going into and out of Seattle. The cost for these selfish and exclusive advantages increased the price of I-90 by tens of millions of dollars and Mercer Islanders paid nothing extra for the privilege.
What I don’t remember is the Mercer Island community thanking the general public for paying for this private highway system that only Mercer Island residents could use.
I personally oppose tolling on Interstate 90, but Mercer Island residents’ cries of foul because they may finally have to pay tolls on part of a road system they use, exclusively, every day are shallow and hypocritical.
--William H. Lycette, Seattle