Christie Johnson rides with Bellevue resident who skips SR 520

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by CHRISTIE JOHNSON / KING 5 News

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Posted on January 3, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 3 at 12:17 PM

With the 520 tolls in effect and this being the first full workday of the new year, commuters braced for backups on Interstate 90.
 
"I have been dreading the day that the 520 bridge would be a toll bridge because I knew people would come over and it will add time to my commute and I don't really like that," said Sharon Thomas, who has been commuting on I-90 for 17 years.
 
For the last four years, Scott Lee, a small business owner, has driven over the 520 bridge from Bellevue to Seattle seven days a week. Today, he made the switch to I-90 and says it will be an adjustment.
 
"It's going to affect my gas more than anything else.  My truck gets about twenty miles to the gallon so it will be an extra stop at the gas station and on top of that, with traffic it could add half an hour to an hour to my commute," said Scott Lee, switched from 520 to I-90.  
 
After crunching the numbers, Lee figures it will cost him roughly an extra dollar per day in gas.
 
At six o'clock in the morning, it took less than five minutes to cross from Bellevue into Seattle on I-90. Two hours later, it took eight and a half minutes in the express lanes.

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