520 tolling is more of a reality than ever today.  State lawmakers are moving ahead with a bill to keep the transportation department on schedule to start collecting tolls in about 2 months.

The Senate has already approved the bill. Now it's on to the House, and on Wednesday, the House Transportation Committee held a public hearing on the toll legislation.

There were plenty of people at the hearing in support of the bill, but no one who was against it, and there were no tough questions asked by lawmakers.

 Representative Mike Armstrong helped craft the current toll legislation in response to I-1053, which requires lawmakers to determine new fees or taxes.

"One of my concerns was to make sure the verbage in the bill would hold up to I-1053," said Armstrong. "I think we came up with a pretty good solution."

Deputy Transportation Secretary David Dye said it's important to get the legislation passed, so tolls can begin in April and start paying for construction of a new bridge.

Dye said, "with no funding, we would have to stop some of the contracts that are under way right now."

The Transportation Committee is expected to vote on the bill in the next day or two, and then it could go to the full House.

See  The Toll Effect for complete coverage on 520 tolls.