Commuters who cross Lake Washington on SR-520, the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, understand the value of that commute route. The time saved crossing the lake as compared to crossing at I-90 or SR-522 is immense. These commuters want a safe, well-built bridge on SR-520 and are willing to pay a toll for it.
However, the current costs of the project are being laid at the feet of a small minority of the local citizens who will enjoy its benefits. Commuters on I-90 also receive benefits from the 520 bridge–their commute times decrease significantly when the 520 bridge carries nearly half of the cross-lake daily commute traffic.
The current tolling plan is clearly enticing drivers to switch commute routes to SR-522 and I-90, bogging down commutes on those highways and crowding surface streets in local neighborhoods.
The costs of the 520 bridge should be shared by all who benefit. Let traffic resume its previous patterns. Shorten commute times county-wide, and lessen the burden on a select few. Toll I-90 and SR-520, spread the cost of improvements to all of the beneficiaries of the 520 bridge.