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December 1, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Hwy. 520 bridge tolls to start this month

Tolling on the Highway 520 floating bridge will start late this month, but a launch date won’t be announced until next week.

The 520 bridge will be tolled at a variable rate, depending on time of day. These range from zero overnight, to $2.25 midday on weekdays, to $3.50 at peak commute times, to name some examples.

Motorists without a state-issued “Good to Go” transponder, available at goodtogo.org, will be billed by mail for the toll rate plus a $1.50 surcharge.

Tolls on the 1963 bridge and the new bridge are supposed to raise $1 billion for a $4.65 billion, six-lane replacement. The floating part is to be assembled by late 2014 using pontoons built in Grays Harbor, but fixed spans, lids and ramps on the Seattle side are unfunded and years away.

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