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Major changes for Tuesday’s commute; drivers should pack their patience


January 3, 2012

SEATTLE – Puget Sound drivers can expect major changes to their commute starting early Tuesday morning as they adjust to a tolled SR 520 bridge. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) expects the morning rush hour to start earlier and end later on I-90 and SR 522, but commuters on all roadways around and across Lake Washington will notice a change in traffic. Tuesday’s commute will start the long process of traffic resettling into a new normal that includes SR 520 tolling.

WSDOT Toll Systems and Engineering Director Patty Rubstello will be available 4 a.m. Tuesday to provide an update on what drivers should expect during the first full commute day with a tolled SR 520 bridge. She’ll also share tips that will help drivers plan their trips.

SR 520 Tolling media availability

When: 4 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012

Where: Evergreen Point Road, over SR 520

(Between N.E. 28th and N.E. 32nd streets in Medina)

Speakers: Patty Rubstello, WSDOT Toll Systems and Engineering Director

Visuals: Electronic toll rate sign, vehicles traveling on SR 520


From SR 520 westbound: Take the exit for 92nd Avenue N.E. and turn left onto 92nd Avenue N.E. Turn right onto NE 24th Street. Take a right on Evergreen Point Road, and proceed to the SR 520 overpass.

Parking: Once you have crossed the overpass, turn left into the gravel lot to park.


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