In June 2013, WSDOT published the Initial Scoping Summary Report for the I-90 Cross-Lake Washington Tolling project. The Scoping Summary Report (pdf 1.3 mb) describes efforts to inform and engage the public, agencies and tribes in the project scoping process, and summarizes the comments received during the public comment period. It does not tally the number of positive or negative comments.
WSDOT offered numerous opportunities for public input during the scoping process. Over the 30-day comment period from Jan. 22 to Feb. 22, we hosted three public meetings in communities that frequently use I-90 to cross Lake Washington and received roughly 3,400 comments* through emails, hand-written forms, public meeting comments, and online survey forms. Some chose to comment more than once and in multiple ways.
Between the end of scoping comment period in February and publishing the Initial Scoping Summary Report in June, the Legislature passed Engrossed Substitute Senate bill 5024 that amended the previous direction to WSDOT by requiring an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the I-90 Tolling Project.
Given the comments received during scoping and the new state law, WSDOT and the Federal Highway Administration will move forward with a National Environmental Policy Act EIS to evaluate potential effects of tolling I-90 across Lake Washington.
In fall 2013, WSDOT conducted an additional round of scoping for I-90 Tolling to offer the public, agencies and other interested parties the opportunity to provide input on the current purpose and need statement and range of alternatives.
Initial Scoping Summary Report (pdf 1.3 mb)
*In addition to the 3,400 scoping comments, WSDOT received a petition opposing tolls with roughly 5,200 signatures.