While SR 520 does not directly link to Queen Anne, many Queen Anne-ers (and Seattleites) use Mercer and Westlake as major connections to I-5, and eventually the floating bridges. Considering the freeway bound thoroughfares that run through Queen Anne, WSDOT’s new tolls over 520 will be pertinent to those in the neighborhood who commute to the Eastside often. Here’s some information about the new tolling system, and WSDOT’s “Good to Go!” payment campaign, from our sister site the U District Daily:
TheSR 520 “Good To Go!” campaign kicked off Tuesday. Starting this spring, tolls will be collected using the Good To Go! electronic tolling system, which allows tolls to be collected without stopping or slowing. There will be no traditional toll booths.
“Tolling is a critical funding source for replacing the vulnerable 520 bridge,” Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond said. “Starting tolling this spring helps keep project costs down while improving the safety and reliability of this vital corridor. The funds help us begin pontoon construction in Grays Harbor for a replacement bridge and improvements on the Eastside starting next month.”
WSDOT officials announced yesterday that drivers will receive a $10 credit towards SR 520 tolls if they purchase a Good To Go! Pass and activate an account by April 15. Starting this Friday, Friday, February 18, the Standard Sticker pass, costing $5, will be available at 84 participating Safeway stores throughout Puget Sound.