‘Real opportunity to keep bridge tolls low’

Tolls on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge won’t rise until after debt on the span’s service plan is paid in 2030 if a state legislator from Pierce County has her way.

House Bill 2834 is sponsored by Rep. Christine Kilduff, D-University Place, who said it’s similar to past efforts to keep tolls from rising. She proposes using transportation funding to keep toll rates from going up.

Currently, tolls pay the costs of financing, operating, maintaining, and repairing the bridge. Drivers of passenger cars pay $5 if using the Good to Go pass, $6 with cash, or $7 via mail. Toll increases usually fund debt payments, which are expected to dramatically increase in years to come, Kilduff said.

 â€œThis is a real opportunity to keep bridge tolls low for the foreseeable future,” she said.

A proposal in the Legislature would keep tolls on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge from rising.