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December 7, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Tolls on the 520 bridge start Dec. 29

Drivers on the old Highway 520 floating bridge will begin to pay tolls at 5 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29, the Washington State Department of Transportation just announced.

Tolls will vary so they will be highest at busy times of day, peaking at $3.50 each way during morning and afternoon peak commute hours. Motorists who lack the “Good to Go” debit account, available at goodtogo.org, will be billed by mail and charged an extra $1.50 handling fee. There are no toll booths to pay cash on Highway 520.

Tolls are supposed to support up to $1 billion in bond debt toward the $4.65 billion, six-lane crossing between I-5 and I-405, replacing the 1963-vintage bridge that is at risk of sinking in a severe windstorm.

The transportation department initially hoped to begin tolling in late 2010, then announced an April 2011 startup. But the launch was delayed even more, mainly due to technical glitches that contractors faced creating the elaborate tracking and billing systems.

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