Tolls begin in December on Wash. floating bridge

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The Washington state Department of Transportation says tolls to help replace the aging State Route 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington will start in December.

The tolling originally was set to begin in the spring, but problems led to delays.

The department said in a statement Thursday that it has been working closely with its vendor to address those issues and ensure that the system will be ready.

The bridge will be the first in the state with all-electronic tolling rather than cash-collection tollbooths. The system allows tolls to be collected at highway speeds through windshield stickers or through license-recognition photos, which automatically generate a bill that is mailed to drivers.