Tolling starts this month on 520

Tolling starts this month on 520

Tolling starts this month on 520

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by LINDSAY CHAMBERLAIN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on December 15, 2011 at 5:04 PM

SEATTLE -- The ads are popping back up on television and radio -- tolling is coming soon on Seattle's 520 bridge.

We've heard that before. The date to start tolling on 520 has been publicly pushed back at least four times. Remember when it was supposed to start in spring? That was spring of 2011 and it's almost 2012.

But it looks like they've fixed all the glitches and completed testing, so the Washington State Department of Transportation has called a press conference next week to announce the date in which tolling will start later this month.

Don't forget, 520 tolling is all electronic. Drivers who buy a "Good To Go" pass will pay a lower toll than those who receive a bill in the mail. You've heard $3.50 is the toll for peak commute times. But it's a lot more for drivers without a pass. They'll pay $5.00 to cross the bridge during rush hour.

That adds up to a lot for just about every driver who uses 520. Count on paying between $35-$50 a week if you commute across the bridge Monday through Friday. See the chart of toll rates by clicking here.

Toll are being collected to help pay for a new, $4.65 billion bridge from I-5 to Medina.

There is some good news though, anyone who works graveyard won't pay a toll at all (there's no fee between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.).

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