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January 10, 2014

520, tunnel problems won't make transportation tax talks any easier

By CHRIS GRYGIEL
Associated Press

OLYMPIA — The problems facing two state transportation “megaprojects” will loom large over discussions in the Legislature this year to raise the gas tax to pay for roads, bridges and transit throughout Washington.

Leading lawmakers said at an Associated Press legislative forum Thursday that recent issues with the state Highway 520 bridge and Alaskan Way Viaduct replacements — including whether Seattle should have to pay for potential viaduct tunnel cost overruns — won't make the already delicate talks any easier.


 
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