A big step to raising money for the $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing cleared its first vote Tuesday when the Washington Senate approved a bill to allow for tolling on Interstate 5 at the Oregon-Washington border.

Tolling is supposed to make up as much as one third of the revenue to pay for the massive freeway bridge and rail project. Oregon can proceed with tolling on the bridge without legislative approval.

As WW recently reported, Washington lawmakers have been getting bogus claims about the job benefits of the project—while Oregon lawmakers have been getting inaccurate statements about the project shrinking in size.