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October 21, 2013 at 7:17 PM

State sending surveys to Mercer Islanders asking them to log I-90 trips

The state will soon send 10,000 surveys to residents and businesspeople on Mercer Island, to find out when, how often, and in what direction they drive on Interstate-90 during the week of Nov. 17-23. The forms include fill-in-the-blank questions about peak commute habits, and another about service workers, such as nannies, home-care aides, and landscapers. The…

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October 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

WSDOT is late sending bills for 350,000 toll crossings

The state Department of Transportation said Thursday morning that the bills for 350,000 toll transactions weren’t processed on time — so drivers can expect to receive their notices later than usual in the mail. These bills apply to “pay by mail” transactions, when motorists lack a Good to Go account to have tolls electronically deducted.  Cameras on the…

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Comments | Topics: 520 bridge, tolling, Washington State Department of Transportation

February 28, 2012 at 6:59 AM

Morning Memo/Tuesday: Tolling trouble … and more tolling trouble … and a bit of otter news

Weather: Ready for snow? I’m told we’ll have it this evening, though I keep looking at different forecasts in hope of finding one that shows something else. So far, no luck. The good news is that it shouldn’t stick, so don’t worry (yet!) about commute problems. In the meantime, highs in the mid- to upper…

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Comments | Topics: Highway 520 Bridge, Highway 99 tunnel, Morning Memo

January 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Update: Even with 520 bridge tolls, morning commute relatively smooth

UPDATE: 12:40 p.m. Highway 520 across Lake Washington was “pretty wide open” during this morning’s commute as thousands of drivers switched to Interstate 90 or took other measures to avoid tolls,  said state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond. The trip across 520 was about five minutes faster than usual, I-90 about five minutes slower — until a truck dropped…

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January 3, 2012 at 6:54 AM

No tolling delays so far on first post-holiday 520 bridge commute

Transportation officials closely watching traffic patterns on the first post-holiday work day since tolls started on the 520 bridge did not notice anything unexpected as the early morning commute got under way. Traffic was light, as expected this early, but there were not yet any delays on alternate roads like Interstate 90 as of about 6:20…

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December 29, 2011 at 4:05 PM

I-90 traffic grows in first afternoon of 520 tolls

Traffic has been increasing on I-90 on Thursday afternoon, while Highway 520 remained free-flowing because of the new $3.50 peak-time toll. Traffic at 5:15 p.m. was stop and go both ways on western Mercer Island, while the 520 bridge had only a slight dip in speeds mid-span westbound, according to the state Department of Transportation…

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December 29, 2011 at 7:10 AM

Morning Memo/Thursday: Speeding on bridge … Dining on squirrel … Missing in Hawaii

Weather: We wish we could say something different here, but over the next five days, there’s either rain or the chance of rain or showers in the forecast. Oh joy.  That means we greet the new year with gray and rainy weather. But there are fireworks, too! The details. Traffic: Today’s the first day of tolling…

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December 28, 2011 at 6:48 AM

Morning Memo, Wednesday: Fatal shooting in White Center/Paying for volunteers/Wonderful photos

Weather: Let’s see. Rain, showers, rain, showers, rain… You get the picture, today through Saturday. It’s warm this morning, though: 51 degrees. And quite windy. Small outages here and there. The details. Traffic: The map and cams. Shooting death in White Center: According to the blog White Center Now, there was a fatal…

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