Wash. plans to announce 520 bridge toll start

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The Washington Transportation Department has been running ads telling Seattle drivers that tolling will start this month on the Highway 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington.

Department officials scheduled an announcement Wednesday to discuss details of the start date.

The department plans to use tolls to help pay for a new bridge project that will cost more than $4 billion. Pontoons are already under construction to replace the 48-year-old bridge with a new six-lane bridge.

The toll rates will vary depending on traffic, up to $3.50 during the peak commute. The toll will be automatically deducted from drivers with a Good to Go transponder. Other drivers will be mailed a bill with a $1.50 surcharge.