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November 8, 2019

Tunnel tolls start Saturday

SEATTLE — The free ride under Seattle stops Saturday, when the Washington State Department of Transportation starts tolling the state Route 99 tunnel along the waterfront.

Rates will vary by time of day, with an afternoon-peak rate of $2.25 in each direction. Tolls of $1.50 will be charged at morning peak times while it will cost $1 on weekends. Drivers without Good To Go passes will pay an extra $2 per trip.

When the four-lane tunnel opened Feb. 4, the state intended to begin collecting tolls in the summer but backed off as demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct caused congestion on Alaskan Way and other city streets.

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