Tolling starts Dec. 29; are you ready?
Good To Go! passes will be sold at City Hall Jan 4 & 5, 10 am to 4 pm.
If you’ve driven over the SR 520 bridge in the last couple of months, you’ve probably noticed the electronic toll rate signs installed on the east high-rise with its orange “testing in progress” panel. Let’s be honest, it’s hard to miss and it’s a good reminder to get your pass and activate it.
In addition to the electronic toll rate signs, crews have also installed more than 40 signs along SR 520, I-405, I-5, SR 513 (Montlake Boulevard) and city streets leading to SR 520. You might have also noticed some shiny new signs went up earlier this year, but what you may not realize there’s a hidden part to those signs, the fact that they let people know SR 520 is a toll bridge. The signs are all there for one reason, to give drivers plenty of advanced notice to drivers the bridge is tolled.
Crews started uncovering the signs last night, about 10 days prior to the start of tolling on Dec. 29.
Why so early?
Many of the signs are large overhead signs above the highway that require lane closures to allow crews to safely uncover the signs and almost all of the work will be done at night. It will take several nights to uncover them all. One set of signs on eastbound SR 520 between I-5 and Montlake Boulevard will require closing the ramps from both directions of I-5 to eastbound SR 520 (which effectively closes that section of SR 520) to create a safe work zone and allow crews to access the overhead signs.
We’re also using electronic message signs in key locations along SR 520, I-405 and I-5 to let drivers know tolling starts Dec. 29. Drivers are encouraged to get a Good To Go! Pass today. It can take up to five days to receive your pass in the mail. If you purchased a sticker pass at a retail store, you must still activate it online by opening a new account or adding it to an existing account.
If you haven’t seen the signs yet, here’s some photos on Flickr of the signage drivers in the corridor can expect to see.