After seven tries, the folks studying Highway 99 tunnel tolls may have untangled a knot by suggesting a simple rate of $1.25 peak and $1 the rest of the time.

Those amounts are reduced from earlier peak numbers (as high as $3) that threatened to cause intolerable traffic diversion onto downtown Seattle streets, yet they exceed some low-cost scenarios (as cheap as 50 cents midday) that would tear a hole in the tunnel s budget.

So-called Scenario 7 hasn t been approved, but will be discussed further in the next work session, tentatively scheduled for late October, said Maud Daudon, chairwoman of the Advisory Committee on Tolling and Traffic Management, after a meeting Wednesday.

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