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Transportation Focus

Posted: January 13, 2011

All-electronic tolling will begin on the floating section of the SR 520 bridge soon.

Electonic Tolling is Coming to the SR 520 Bridge - Are You Ready?

In the spring of 2011, all-electronic tolling will begin on the SR 520 Bridge to help pay for the construction of a new, safer bridge. Good To Go! electronic tolling uses technology to keep traffic moving with no toll booths, no stopping, and no slowing down. Tolls will be collected in two ways: as vehicles drive under an electronic sensor, the toll will be automatically deducted from a prepaid account. Or, if the driver does not have a prepaid account, a photo will be taken of the vehicles license plate, and a bill will be sent to the registered owner in the mail.

The Washington State Department of Transportation has launched a campaign to educate drivers about electronic tolling on the SR 520 Bridge. You can get ready for all-electronic tolling on the SR 520 Bridge by joining the interest list at, and be among the first to sign up for a Good to Go! Pass in January 2011. Subscribers will also receive regular updates about rates, account options, special offers and customer service resources.

Watch the new video on 520 Tolling on YouTube:

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Duwamish TMA Public Forum Update

On January 12th, the Duwamish TMA hosted a Viaduct replacement public forum at Safeco Field's Diamond Club. Leading the forum was Ron Paananen, WSDOT's Program Director for the project. Most relevant to industrial businesses is the first portion of the Viaduct replacement, the S. Holgate to S. King Street project. Paananen answered questions from forum attendees regarding both this first phase of construction, and subsequent deep-bore tunnel work. Questions regarding lane closures, improved traffic signal timing, and network connectivity were addressed. An interactive visual timeline prepared by WSDOT provides a simulation of the southern Viaduct work. Completion of the project is expected to wrap up by late 2013.

At this time, construction crews continue to work on the central waterfront and deep-bore tunnel. Of particular interest to industrial businesses is Alaskan Way will remain open during the 18-month period of Viaduct dismantling. However, access to Elliott and Denny Avenues will be routed to Broad Street. It is additionally important to note that upon completion the deep-bore tunnel will not have the same traffic capacity as the Alaskan Way Viaduct does today. Its north and south bound lanes are intended to work together with a newly refinished Alaskan Way in order to move people and freight in and out of the Duwamish M&I Center.

The current 1st Ave. S lane closure is slated to wrap up in April, at which point there will be a new southbound SR99 off-ramp at S. Royal Brougham Way. This ramp will feed on to a new signaled north-south street, opening between S. Royal Brougham and S. Atlantic Street just to the east of the viaduct.


Downtown Metro Routes are Changing

As the Alaskan Way Viaduct project ramps up, Metro is working with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the City of to keep people moving during construction. With support from WSDOT, Metro is adding trips on routes that travel through the construction corridor.

And beginning February 5, Metro will change routing, stops, and schedules for many bus routes serving downtown as they focus more of the all-day transit network on the Third Avenue transit spine. Several routes will move from Third Avenue, and some that currently use Third Avenue will shift to Second and Fourth or use a different stop pattern. Metro is planning a big effort to inform customers about these changes through their website, rider alerts, and "street teams" of Metro employees who will personally assist riders. Learn more about riding Metro during Alaskan Way Viaduct construction

(In case you haven't heard)

Long Term Lane Closures on 1st Ave S

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 4 - Friday, April 1, First Avenue S. in Seattle's SODO neighborhood will be reduced to one lane in each direction between S. King Street and S. Royal Brougham Way around-the-clock. Drivers can expect additional traffic congestion between SR 519 and the Port of Seattle's Terminal 46.

Argo Bridge is Closing Soon

Airport Way South Viaduct over Argo Railroad Yard Rehabilitation Project is under way. Starting around April 1st the bridge will close for 12-14 months. All vehicles will detour to 4th Ave S. and bicycles to 1st Ave S in order to cross over the Railroad yard. For more info go to:


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