520 Tolls http://kplu.org en Highway 520 design in federal court on Tuesday http://kplu.org/post/highway-520-design-federal-court-tuesday <p>Even as its construction is well underway, design <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR520Bridge/timeline.htm">plans for the new 520 bridge</a> across Lake Washington continue to spark controversy.</p><p>A federal <a href="https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!topic/roanoke-park-portage-bay-forum/_QcMMUYVYG4">judge will hear</a> oral arguments tomorrow in <a href="http://www.low.ph/transit/23%20PLAINTIFF%27S%20OPENING%20BRIEF.pdf">a lawsuit</a> against the replacement project by the State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 12:01:13 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5528 at http://kplu.org Highway 520 design in federal court on Tuesday Tolls deterring fewer than expected on SR-520 Bridge http://kplu.org/post/tolls-deterring-fewer-expected-sr-520-bridge <p>Tolling rates <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/05/30_tollsincreasejuly1.htm">are going up</a> on the 520 bridge this Sunday, in the first of four annual rate hikes. The 2.5%&nbsp; increase will add about an extra dime to peak fees. It comes 6 months after tolling began on the bridge between Seattle and the east side.</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 21:48:46 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5451 at http://kplu.org Tolls deterring fewer than expected on SR-520 Bridge 520 bridge toll will hit $4.35 in 2016 http://kplu.org/post/520-bridge-toll-will-hit-435-2016 <p>The peak toll on the Highway 520 floating bridge that began at $3.50 at the end of last year will rise to $4.35 in 2016 after a series of scheduled increases.</p><p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 18:48:28 +0000 The Associated Press 4529 at http://kplu.org Traffic slowly returning to 520 toll bridge http://kplu.org/post/traffic-slowly-returning-520-toll-bridge <p>The Washington Transportation Department says drivers are gradually returning to the Highway 520 floating bridge since tolling was imposed in late December.</p><blockquote><p>Tolling spokeswoman Patty Michaud said Friday the bridge that handled about 100,000 vehicles a day now typically handles 60,000 to 65,000. Traffic had dropped by nearly half when tolling went into effect.</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 19:01:18 +0000 The Associated Press 4192 at http://kplu.org Traffic slowly returning to 520 toll bridge Update: 520 toll system fixed after electrical problem http://kplu.org/post/update-520-toll-system-fixed-after-electrical-problem <p>An electrical glitch caused the new toll system on the Highway 520 bridge to malfunction Tuesday morning, meaning drivers crossed the span for hours without being charged.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 20:59:41 +0000 The Associated Press 3765 at http://kplu.org Brace yourself: First toll bills sent to 520 pay-by-mail customers http://kplu.org/post/brace-yourself-first-toll-bills-sent-520-pay-mail-customers <p>If you drove the 520 floating bridge in the past few weeks without a Good To Go pass, expect a bill to come in the mail soon.&nbsp; The State Department of Transportation sent out 19,000 bills to drivers that will arrive this week.</p><p>That might seem like a lot, but it&rsquo;s a number far less than officials expected.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 23:37:07 +0000 Amelia Greim 3730 at http://kplu.org 520 Tolls – Drive around or pay? Many are driving around http://kplu.org/post/520-tolls-%E2%80%93-drive-around-or-pay-many-are-driving-around <p>Today is the first big day for car commuters since automatic tolling went live on the 520 bridge across Lake Washington.</p><p>It&rsquo;s viewed as the start of the first really meaningful data-set for people who crunch numbers behind the scenes of the State Department of Transportation.</p><p>So far, the commute has pushed traffic to the south, with the I-90 bridge seeing more congestion &hellip; and more room created on 520, where drivers now have to pay to cross.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 23:47:07 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3587 at http://kplu.org 520 Tolls – Drive around or pay? Many are driving around Highway 520 tolls: Traffic down on morning commute http://kplu.org/post/highway-520-tolls-traffic-down-morning-commute <p>On the first day of the post-holiday commute, Washington transportation officials say traffic is down significantly on the 520 bridge.</p><div><p>They say about 37 percent fewer drivers than normal crossed the 520 bridge between 6 and 7 a.m. this morning.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 16:47:44 +0000 The Associated Press 3579 at http://kplu.org Highway 520 tolls: Traffic down on morning commute 520 Tolls starting tomorrow http://kplu.org/post/520-tolls-starting-tomorrow <p>Tomorrow (Thursday, 12-29-11), electronic tolls will kick in on<a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr520bridge/default.aspx"> the 520 bridge across lake Washington</a>.</p><p>A series of technical glitches caused multiple past delays. &nbsp;But now, the reader boards are going live and billing drivers on the most popular route between Seattle and the east side.</p><p>There are many creative ways to get around the tolls, but you&rsquo;re bound to have to pay, sooner or later.</p><p> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 12:33:23 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3526 at http://kplu.org 520 Tolls starting tomorrow SR 520 Tolls – kicking in one week from today http://kplu.org/post/sr-520-tolls-%E2%80%93-kicking-one-week-today <p>Get ready for tolling charges on the 520 bridge.</p><p>The state department of transportation will be flipping a virtual switch one week from today.</p><p>That means now is a really good time to set up a <strong><em>Good to Go</em></strong> account online &ndash; or face more expensive travel.</p><p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 12:30:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3521 at http://kplu.org SR 520 Tolls – kicking in one week from today 520 tolling to begin in 3 weeks http://kplu.org/post/520-tolling-begin-3-weeks <p>Tolling on the 520 Bridge <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/tolling/520/FAQ.htm#TollRates1">will start at 5 am on December 29<sup>th</sup></a>.</p><p>That&rsquo;s the word from the state Department of Transportation, after multiple glitches that have delayed the system till now.</p><p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 02:11:52 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3390 at http://kplu.org 520 tolling to begin in 3 weeks Update: 520 bridge tolling to start Dec. 29 http://kplu.org/post/update-520-bridge-tolling-start-dec-29 <p>The Washington Transportation Department says <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/tolling/520/FAQ.htm#Pay5">tolling on the Highway 520 floating bridge</a> will begin at 5 a.m. on Dec. 29.</p><p> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 19:10:52 +0000 The Associated Press & Bellamy Pailthorp 3383 at http://kplu.org Update: 520 bridge tolling to start Dec. 29 520 tolls could push traffic into towns north of Lake Washington http://kplu.org/post/520-tolls-could-push-traffic-towns-north-lake-washington <p>It&rsquo;s not yet clear exactly when, but sometime in December, the state Department of Transportation is due to start collecting tolls on the 520 Bridge.</p><p>Cities along the northern edge of Lake Washington have been bracing themselves for the change.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 12:30:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3332 at http://kplu.org 520 tolls could push traffic into towns north of Lake Washington State poll: Liquor initiative passing; road toll too close to call http://kplu.org/post/state-poll-liquor-initiative-passing-road-toll-too-close-call <p>Statewide initiatives on the Washington ballot have many people here still studying up and wondering how to vote. Registered voters have about a week left to make up their minds. Two of the most talked about issues are whether to <a href="http://wei.secstate.wa.gov/osos/en/PreviousElections/2011/general/Pages/OVG_20111108.aspx?ElectionID=42&amp;sorttype=Measures#ososTop">get rid of state-run liquor stores</a> and on <a href="http://wei.secstate.wa.gov/osos/en/PreviousElections/2011/general/Pages/OVG_20111108.aspx?ElectionID=42&amp;sorttype=Measures#ososTop">how highway tolls can be spent</a>. A&nbsp;survey of voters, done by researchers at the University of Washington, offers some insight into what voters might decide after all the votes are tallied.</p><p>The statewide <a href="http://www.washingtonpoll.org/results/103111.pdf"><strong>Washington Poll</strong></a>, put together by UW political science Professor Matt Barreto, says the liquor privatization measure, I-1183, will likely pass because it has the hit the crucial tipping point of 50 percent. Barreto&#39;s poll says only 43 percent of those surveyed opposed the measure.</p><p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 23:30:40 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3052 at http://kplu.org Bellevue developer backs I-1125, wants to reengineer state roads http://kplu.org/post/bellevue-developer-backs-i-1125-wants-reengineer-state-roads <p>BELLEVUE, Wash. &ndash; Usually, high dollar political contributors let their money do the talking. They write big checks to campaigns, but otherwise stay behind the scenes. Not so with Bellevue developer Kemper Freeman. He&rsquo;s become the money and the mouth behind Tim Eyman&rsquo;s latest initiative &ndash; to limit highway tolling.</p><p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 22:24:02 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2878 at http://kplu.org Bellevue developer backs I-1125, wants to reengineer state roads