520 Bride will be closed from Friday February 24th at 11pm through Monday February 27th at 5am. When crews close 520 they close both directions of the SR 520 floating bridge and highway and all ramps between Montlake Boulevard and I-405. Crews will also close the Bellevue Way Northeast overpass from 11 p.m. Friday night through 5 p.m. Saturday while crews set girders. When crews close the highway, SR 520 remains open between Montlake Boulevard and I-5. In Bellevue, the 108th Avenue Northeast on-ramp to eastbound SR 520 remains open and in Seattle, the Montlake Boulevard ramps from eastbound SR 520 and to westbound SR 520 remain open. All ramps and the mainline are required to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday following weekend closures. Please use alternative routes or delay your trip to Seattle or Eastside if possible.
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.
The tolling of the 520 Bridge continues to be delayed, and the DOT revealed today that tolling won’t begin until the summer. The systemized tolling, controlled by the “Good to Go” transponders, was supposed to begin in April. A 520 traveler’s “Good to Go” account would allow them to travel on the bridge and have the tolls taken out of a pre-paid amount. Transponders are activated by license plate numbers so that you can travel hassle free. However, DOT continues to find glitches in the system and thus, operations are delayed further. Please refer to this Seattle Times article for more information on the 520 Bridge tolling.
The 520 Bridge is almost ready to begin tolling, and the cheapest way to travel over the bridge will be signing up for a Good To Go account. The Good To Go account comes with a transponder, available for purchase at Safeway stores for $5 dollars. Transponders are activated by a license plate number and deposit, the use of which is necessary because the lack of toll booths. The toll will be taken out of the user’s pre-paid account as they cross, and those without a transponder will be fined, thanks to the cameras taking snapshots of license plates. Good To Go is the state’s most recent electronic tolling system, and WSDOT expects the tolling on 520 will help keep costs to work on the bridge at bay. Toll amount will vary throughout the day, which was planned to encourage driving during off-peak hours. Good to go passes are available online, at Safeway stores, or at service centers. Visit the official website for more information.