Traffic alert for the weekend of Jan. 8

Westbound I-90 down to one lane this weekend
Beginning at 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, westbound I-90 will be down to one lane near Bellevue Way then detoured to the express lanes until 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11. Contractor crews continue their work to upgrade operations and safety systems in the eastbound Mount Baker and Mercer Island tunnels. Most of the work during these weekends is taking place inside the tunnels and out of the view of drivers.

Eastbound SR 18 full closure near Green River Bridge this weekend
Good news and bad news on SR 18! First, the good: Eastbound delays between Auburn and Covington should come to an end shortly! The right lane after the Green River (Neeley) Bridge has been closed since Dec. 8, when heavy rain severely damaged the roadway. Since then, contractor crews have been stabilizing the hillside and installing drains ahead of this weekend’s pavement repairs. And here’s the bad: This repair work requires a full closure of eastbound SR 18 at Southeast Auburn-Black Diamond Road beginning at 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8. If all goes well, both lanes will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11.

SR 410 White River Bridge inspection before Sunday’s Seahawks game

Don’t want to miss the beginning of the Seahawks’ wildcard matchup against the Vikings? Well, plan ahead and leave early if you need to cross the SR 410 White River Bridge to get to the television you’ll be watching the game on. A single lane across the bridge will be closed from 7 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, for bridge inspection work. Flaggers will alternate traffic through the open lane.

New westbound SR 520 off-ramp to East Lake Washington Boulevard now open
Since September, SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program crews working on the West Approach Bridge North (WABN) project have been hard at work constructing a new westbound SR 520 off-ramp at 24th Avenue East in Montlake. The new off-ramp opened Jan. 6; here’s what to expect.

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Don’t panic if you receive a Notice of Civil Penalty for unpaid toll bills.
It’s been three months since the first toll bills were mailed for the I-405 express toll lanes. If you still have a toll bill sitting in your to-do pile, please be sure to make your payment before it becomes a civil penalty of $40 per toll trip. Hopefully this doesn’t happen to you, but if it does, here are some tips to reduce your bill: 

  • Know you have an unpaid toll? Don’t wait to receive a late fee, pay your bill at MyGoodToGo.comby mail, or over the phone.
  • Save money with a Good To Go! Open a Good To Go! account to pay a lower toll rate and avoid future bills in the mail. Call us to open an account, and be sure to ask the agent to add unpaid tolls to your account via Pay By Plate. You can save up to $1.75 per toll.
  • Good news if you receive a late fee or civil penalty. This past summer we introduced a new customer service policy offering first-time forgiveness of penalties. If this is your first time receiving a civil penalty for unpaid tolls you can request a one-time waiver of all unpaid late fees and penalties as long as you pay the original tolls.

You can read more advice for dealing with civil penalties on the WSDOT Blog.

January 8th, 2016 by