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Problems with mega projects could doom transportation package

OLYMPIA — Problems with a pair of Seattle area “mega projects” could make it harder for Washington residents to swallow tax increases for transportation, some legislators said today at a preview for the 2014 session.

Expected cost overruns for the new 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington and delays in digging the tunnel for the Alaskan Way near downtown Seattle will prompt voters around the state to ask “What are you guys doing with our money,” Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, said at a forum sponsored by the Associated Press. . .

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State toll system: High tech, low marks

OLYMPIA – Add to the long list of things the Puget Sound communities have that Spokane residents can be glad they don’t: Toll bridges.

Spokane’s last such facility, the Maple Street Bridge, removed “Toll” from its title in 1990 after some 42 years of collecting spare change. For most of that time, the toll was a dime. In one of the best signs of how – shall we say thrifty? – Spokane was, many people drove a half-mile out of their way and waited through several more traffic lights to use the Monroe Street Bridge rather than toss two Tom Jeffersons or one FDR in the basket. . .

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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