It will be interesting to see what happens when somebody figures out the bridge is paid for and the state has turned the bridge into a cash cow.
That very thing happened with the Evergreen Point (520) bridge that crossed Lake Washington in days of yore. The bridge had been paid off by the early 1970’s but the state kept collecting tolls until some sharp eyed citizen spilled the beans in 1979.
I crossed that bridge on the last day of the toll in 1979 and was given an artificial flower by the toll booth gal as a token of their esteem. Lovely gesture. Also, if memory serves, some higher up was embezzling tolls along the way to fund his personal retirement account. As you know “they” have recently built a replacement bridge for the old 520 and have also fired up the tolls again to fund it.
During times of hard winds crossing the old 520 bridge was very fun indeed with water crashing over it, the pontoons it floated on swaying to and fro, and your car feeling as if the lug nuts had fallen off and your wheels were about to join them.