I-90 commuters didn’t like the idea of a toll on I-90 when it was first proposed. Now that 520 tolls are pushing traffic and congestion onto their freeway and into their neighborhoods, however, a change in thinking is necessary.
A significant percentage (estimated 20%-30%) of the SR-520 commuters are jumping over to I-90 to cross Lake Washington. This creates a longer, slower, darker commute, with tens of thousands of additional cars every day on I-90. The simple answer to return I-90 traffic to its previous levels is to toll both bridges at half-price.
Tolls on I-90 and 520 would mean that commuters would have no incentive to switch bridges, and traffic levels would return to normal levels. For the neighborhoods at both ends of the I-90 floating bridge, local street congestion would be eased. Commute times would shrink.
The SR-520 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge provides great value for I-90 commuters. It allows nearly half of the lake-crossing commuter traffic to stay on the North end and keep the I-90 commute reasonable. Paying a toll to keep I-90 traffic down and improve the region’s roads is a common sense approach that should be paid for by all who benefit.
We don’t need to artificially restructure the commute routes of tens of thousands of our citizens. Toll I-90 and 520 for a logical and fair solution.