This was a decade in the making when I started in Olympia and has been incredibly painful to get done. By sticking together the Eastside delegation forced a reasonable solution to this problem, and worked out the politics to make it happen. We overcame significant opposition from powerful interests that do not want a solution to the problem. We have more work to do on funding, but have approval for the floating part and the Eastside projects to start next year. This alone will create thousands of private industry construction jobs over the next few years.
As is clear to anyone driving across the bridge today, the construction project has started on the Eastside. We are making real progress and have a lot more work to do. The tolling technology and operation continues to fail to meet development deadlines and is a painful risk, as the tolls are necessary to pay for the bridge.