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Fines waived for Narrows, 520-bridge tolling delays

A Texas company that still hasn't delivered a long delayed electronic tolling system could owe Washington millions in penalties.

But according to The News Tribune, transportation officials have decided not to collect fines out of fears they could drive the company out of business and delay the project even longer.

Electronic tolling was supposed to be running on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and state route 520-bridge by March. But Electronic Consultants Corp. still doesn't have the system worked out six months later.

The contract called for the company to pay $300,000 dollars for every week delayed. The tab would now top $12 million, and the state toll director says forcing them to pay the fee would bankrupt the business.

The state now plans to start the tolling systems in December.

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