Got Your “Good to Go” Pass Yet? – 520 Toll Starts

Less than 48 hours until the tolling begins on 520 Bridge.  The tolling starts at 5am on Thursday, December 29th 2001 and those without the “Good to Go” pass will be charged an $1.50 per trip.  Cameras on the bridge will take photos of license plates and they will send the bill to the registered owner of the vehicle.  To get your “Good to Go” pass you can go to Fred Meyer, Safeway, QFC or Costco and then activate it online or call the customer service center.  There are 5 different passes you can choose from.  No tolls will be collected between the hours of 11pm and 5am daily.

Bellevue Botanical Gardens – Winter Wonderland

The Pond

From Now until December 31st go view the Bellevue Botanical Gardens where over a half million lights are used to transform the Bellevue Botanical Gardens into a truely magical place.  Hundreds of volunteers from all over the area have been busy making new creations for this year.  New this year is the theme “Snap d’ Dragon” who will join over 30 “critters” inlcuding Charlotte in her web and Willie the slug.  My favorite is the gorgeous pond and border display on the main lawn (picture above).  Over 150,000 people enjoy the amazing Bellevue Botanical Gardens in the month of December.

Hours are from 5:00pm – 10:00 and 9:30 is the lastest they will allow you to enter. 
Cost is $5 per person and children under the age of 10 are free and do not need a ticket. 
Please click here to buy your ticket in advance to assure entry.
This truely is magical place and it will really get you in the Holiday Spirit

520 Bridge Tolling To Begin December 29th

Get ready to pay, 520 bridge commuters, because tolling on Highway 520 between Bellevue and Seattle will begin on December 29th (for real this time.)  The tolling system has been delayed since Spring of this year due to technical issues, and the glitch(s) have finally been fixed.  On Wednesday, WSDOT announced the new start date so get your Good To Go passes as soon as possible.  The Good To Go pass provides drivers with a sticker that is electronically read and debits the user’s account.  Stickers are prepaid online, but drivers without a pass will still be billed with an extra $1.50 processing fee.  The new system technology reads chips inside Good To Go stickers, and photographs the license plates of cars without stickers.

Regular rates will vary between $2.20 and $3.50, the maximum charged for peak commute times.  The Good to Go pass works on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the carpool lanes of Highway 167 as well.

The Highway 520 tolling program is expected to generate $1 billion to go towards the Highway 520 replacement project.  For more information, please visit the official project page. 

Bellevue Snowflake Lane

The annual Bellevue Snowflake Lane has arrived again.  Come out and join the fun at 7pm every night of the week in Downtown Bellevue. There is LIVE Toy Soldiers and winter characters, Music, magical snow fall and an amazing light show to brighten your night.  Bring your family and friends and grab a cup of cocoa and come join the fun, you wont be disappointed.  On the sidewalks of Bellevue Way and NE 8th, located at the Bellevue Collection.