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Originally published December 27, 2011 at 6:34 PM | Page modified December 28, 2011 at 2:12 PM

520 toll begins Thursday morning

Tolling on the Highway 520 bridge starts at 5 a.m. Thursday. Here's how it will work.

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Tolling starts at 5 a.m. Thursday on the Highway 520 bridge, part of a plan to ease congestion and pay for a replacement bridge.

There will be eight rates, based on time of day, ranging from $1.10 late-night to $3.50 at peak times, in each direction, for drivers who have a state-issued Good to Go sticker that works like a debit card.

Others will be billed by mail for the toll plus a $1.50 surcharge.

Overnight, bridge crossings are free for everyone.

If a toll goes unpaid for 30 days, the motorist will be rebilled with a $5 fee. After 80 days, a $40 penalty will be added.

Getting a toll pass

Good to Go passes work for the Highway 520 bridge, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and Highway 167 HOT (high-occupancy/toll) lanes. Buy and activate passes, make account payments or ask questions at walk-in centers, online or on the phone:

University District, Seattle: 4554 Ninth Ave. N.E., Suite 100, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends — but closed New Year's Day. Extended hours: Office opens at 5 a.m. Thursday, next Tuesday and next Wednesday.

Bellevue: 13107 N.E. 20th St., Suite 4, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends — but closed New Year's Day. Extended hours: Office opens at 5 a.m. Thursday, next Tuesday and next Wednesday.

Gig Harbor: 3212 50th St. Court N.W., Suite 200, off Olympic Drive. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Extended hours: Office opens at 5 a.m. Thursday, next Tuesday and next Wednesday.

Online: goodtogo.org

Phone: 866-936-8246. Customer-service representatives are at the hotline Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday (but not New Year's Day) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Or, buy the sticker at a store: Costco, Safeway, QFC and Fred Meyer are selling the basic $5 sticker. Drivers then must go online to create and activate an account.

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