We know this is going to be a big change for commuters on I-405 as we implement express toll lanes for a more reliable trip, so we’re providing you with a resource to let you know how those lanes are working through the first week of use.
Check back here for daily updates on construction, commute conditions, tolls, and other important happenings on the I-405 express toll lanes.
Update 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2: Have a good weekend everyone. Don't forget that 2 person carpools can use the express toll lanes for free with a Flex Pass all weekend long.
Drivers heading north on I-405 this weekend should plan ahead for several maintenance closures this weekend. Check here for updates.
- Saturday, Oct. 3, to Sunday, Oct. 4 - Up to three lanes of northbound I-405 from SR 520 to Northeast 85th Street will be closed from 8 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. The Express Toll Lanes will be open to all vehicles at no charge through the closure area.
- Saturday, Oct. 3, to the morning of Sunday, Oct. 4 - The eastbound and westbound SR 520 ramps to northbound I-405 will be closed from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 3, to the morning of Sunday, Oct. 4 - The Northeast 70th Street on-ramp to northbound I-405 will be closed from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 3, to the morning of Sunday, Oct. 4 - The northbound I-405 off-ramp to Northeast 85th Street will be closed from 11 p.m. to 10 a.m.
Update 4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2: We've been getting lots of questions about how to navigate the express toll lanes during a traffic incident. Click here to find out why toll signs sometimes say "HOV ONLY" and what you should do when the express toll lanes are blocked.
Update 3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2: Welcome to the Friday evening commute. Hope you all have a safe trip home, and consider using the express toll lanes to make it to the weekend just a little bit sooner. Current travel time from Bellevue to Lynnwood is 45 minutes in regular lanes and 15 minutes in express toll lanes for $0.75.
Update 10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2: The first Friday commute is in the books. Thank you for your patience out there during the blocking collision. We'll post a blog later today that runs through some of the FAQs we received during that time. Right now, tolls are at 75 cents and 2+ carpools ride free w/a Flex Pass in HOV mode.
Update 8:00 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2: All lanes are clear. Toll rates from Lynnwood through Bothell peaked at over $5.00, but are now at $4.25 for the 17 mile trip.
Update 7:00 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2: HOV ONLY in the 405 ETLs southbound near SR 527. The left two lanes, including the 405 ETLs are blocked with a collision. HOV ONLY means, 3+ carpools are free with or without a Flex Pass.
Update 6:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2: It's Friday! Last day of the first week of express toll lanes. Tolls from Lynnwood to Bellevue are at 75 cents w/a Good To Go! pass. 3+ carpools are free with Flex Pass in HOV mode. Tweet @GoodToGoWSDOT with your end of week questions!
Update 8:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1: More I-405 lane closures tonight for planned maintenance. We're using the express toll lane rate signs to help manage traffic, so stay alert for displays notifying you of lane closures and other changes. If you're heading south on I-405 tonight be on the lookout for a free trip from Northeast 70th Place to SR 520 as we open up the express toll lanes to everyone in order to keep traffic moving.
- The right lane of southbound I-405 from SR 522 to Northeast 160th Street closed 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. (NO ETL CHANGES)
- The eastboubnd and westbouind SR 522 ramps to southbound I-405 closed 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
- Two right lanes of southbound I-405 from Northeast 70th Place to SR 520 closed 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. (ETL OPEN TO ALL)
- The southbound I-405 off-ramp to SR 520 closed 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
- Two right lanes of northbound I-405 at Northeast 160th Street closed 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. (ETL OPEN TO HOV ONLY)
- The northbound I-405 ramp to SR 522 closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
- The Northeast 160th Street on-ramp to northbound I-405 closed 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
- Up to two left lanes of northbound I-405 from Northeast 195th Street to SR 527 closed 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (ETL CLOSED)
Update 4:21 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1: More people are jumping into the ETLs as we approach the first full week of I-405 express toll lanes. From Monday, Sept. 28, to Wednesday, Sept. 30, we saw an increase of 25 percent more drivers using the express toll lanes. We expect to see this trend increase as more drivers test out the lanes.
Update 4:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1: All lanes of I-405 are have been cleared. Current toll rate is $1.75 for a 15 minute trip from Bellevue to Lynnwood. The same trip will take 40 minutes in the regular lanes, which is average for this time of day.
Update 3:41 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1: Wondering why some northbound I-405 express toll lane signs are displaying "HOV ONLY" for some destinations? We're using these signs to help manage traffic due to a collision in Bothell. Drivers in Bellevue still have the option to pay a toll for a faster trip as far as SR 522, but we can't sell you a faster trip all the way to I-5 because the express toll lanes are blocked in Bothell.
Update 3:14 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1: The collision on Northbound I-405 near NE 8th St in Bellevue has been cleared. Express toll lanes are still blocked past NE 195th St in Bothell due to a second collision.
Update 2:53 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1: A second collision is now blocking the northbound I-405 express toll lanes past NE 195th St in Bothell.
Update 2:40 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1: A collision is blocking both northbound I-405 express toll lanes and the left general purpose lane at NE 8th St in Bellevue. Northbound I-405 express toll lanes are both closed up to this point.
Update 11:45 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 1: During the Thursday morning commute we saw better than normal travel times on I-405 from Lynnwood to Bellevue in both the GP lanes and the express toll lanes. Tolls once again topped out at $3.75, but were on average around $1.50, and saved drivers around 20 minutes at the peak of the peak. Still have questions? Visit our website for all things express toll lanes: www.goodtogo405.org
Update 9:50 p.m., Wednesday Sept 30: We saw some slowdowns in the southbound I-405 regular lanes beginning at 8 p.m. when crews closed the two right general purpose lanes for planned work. Signs displayed "express toll lanes open to all (no tolls)" in order to give drivers a free way around construction, but many drivers stayed in the clogged general purpose lanes anyway. The backup has gone down now but construction will continue throughout the evening.
Update 7:15 p.m., Wednesday Sept 30: Wrapping up another quiet evening commute with more and more drivers choosing to use the express toll lanes. Night owls should plan ahead for some lane closures throughout the I-405 corridor tonight as we perform planned maintenance work. Roadwork will begin as early as 8 p.m. in some locations and all lanes are planned to reopen by 5 a.m. Signs will notify drivers when express toll lanes are closed, or when toll lanes are open to all.
Update 5:00 p.m., Wednesday Sept 30:
Our traffic engineers are keeping a close eye on I-405’s regular lanes to see how traffic is moving. I-405 travel time data shows that commutes in the regular lanes remained close to normal after express toll lanes opened. Traffic volumes on I-5 are steady as too. After several days of operation, the new Interstate 405 express toll lanes are working well.
Update 4:20 p.m., Wednesday Sept 30: We're seeing completely normal commute times in the general purpose lanes northbound and southbound on both I-405 and I-5, with the express toll lanes offering a faster commute to drivers who need it. Current traffic on I-405 is average in both directions; travel time from Bellevue to Lynnwood is 40 minutes in the regular lanes or 15 minutes in express toll lanes for $1.25. Current trip time from Seattle to Everett on I-5 general purpose lanes is 60 minutes, which is typical as well.
Update 3:00 p.m., Wednesday Sept 30: All lanes of the express toll lanes are open, just in time for the afternoon peak commute. Carpools with 3 or more passengers can travel for free with a Flex Pass in HOV mode. Current toll rate is $0.75 with any kind of Good To Go! pass. You can also choose to Pay By Mail for $2 more if you don't have an account.
Update 2:34 p.m., Wednesday Sept 30: One lane of express toll lane now open at NE 8th St. Vehicles can once again enter express toll lanes at NE 4th St or NE 6th St direct access ramp. Current toll rate is $0.75.
Update 2:20 p.m., Wednesday Sept 30: On I-405 northbound at NE 8th St there is a collision blocking both express toll lanes. NE 6th St direct access ramps are restricted to HOV and buses only, with no express toll lane access at NE 4th St. Vehicles can cross the double white lines to get out of the lanes prior to the collision and return to the lanes after the collision.
Update 10 a.m., Wednesday Sept 30: We saw a lighter commute on southbound I-405 between Lynnwood and Bellevue today. We reached $3.75 at the peak of the peak in the express toll lanes and saw a 25 min time savings. Right now, 2+ carpools are free with a Flex Pass in HOV mode and tolls are 75 cents throughout the corridor.
Update 8 a.m., Wednesday Sept 30: The fog is lifting, and we're seeing better commute times in both the express toll and general purpose lanes this morning. Tolls at about $2 with a Good To Go! pass from Lynnwood to Bellevue.
Update 7:15 a.m., Wednesday Sept 30: We're seeing normal commute times on southbound I-405 from Lynnwood to Bellevue in the GP lanes - that's around 40 minutes. The express toll lanes will save you about 20 minutes right now for $1.00 w/a Good To Go! pass. Pay By Mail will cost an additional $2.
Update 7:30 p.m., Tuesday Sept 29: It's the tail end of a quiet evening commute in both the express toll lanes and regular lanes. More drivers are choosing to use the express toll lanes, which offered a 15 minute trip from Bellevue to Lynnwood for between $0.75 and $2.50. We're happy to see typical commute times in the regular lanes too, but still expect traffic to fluctuate for a few weeks as drivers learn to use the lanes. We predict it will take six months to a year for traffic to fully adjust and for express toll lanes to reach their full potential.
Update 5:40 p.m., Tuesday Sept 29: A lot of drivers are choosing to use the express toll lanes tonight. Many drivers are using sticker passes, any kind of Good To Go! pass will work to pay the lowest toll rates.Toll rates are currently $1.50 for a 15 minute trip from Bellevue to Lynnwood. Travel times in regular lanes are 50 minutes, which is typical for this time of day.
Update 4:10 p.m., Tuesday Sept 29: Express toll lane usage up during Tuesday morning commute. While Tuesday morning’s general purpose traffic was slow, it was within the range we’ve seen for commutes on I-405 in the past few years. General purpose lane trips from Lynnwood to Bellevue ranged from 55 to 68 minutes. Express toll lanes offered drivers a new choice to experience a much faster 17 minute trip for an average toll of $1.75.
Update 3 p.m., Tuesday Sept 29: Still need a Flex Pass? We hand delivered 1100 passes to Walgreens stores today. That's in addition to 1100 more that we delivered to QFC and Walgreens yesterday, and 1400 last Friday. Click here for a list of participating stores, and be sure to call ahead to confirm that they're on the shelves at your local store.
Update 10 a.m., Tuesday Sept 29: The morning commute was rough today due to several major traffic collisions and the changes on I-405. Thank you for your patience! Right now 2+ carpools w/a Flex Pass are free and tolls are 75 cents through the corridor.
Update 8:30 a.m., Tuesday Sept 29: GP lane travel times continue to increase around the region today. On I-405, we ask for drivers' patience. We’re at the start of a learning curve as everyone gets familiar with express toll lanes and traffic patterns will change daily. We're seeing a travel time savings of 40 mins in the express toll lanes for a toll of $1.50.
Update 6:45 a.m., Tuesday Sept 29: We're seeing increased congestion in the GP lanes as expected for the first week with express toll lanes. Right now, the ETLs will save you about 30 minutes for between $1.00-$2.50. Coming from Lynnwood? First entry point is just north of SR 527.
Update 5:30 a.m., Tuesday Sept 29: Morning commute #2 with the I-405 express toll lanes. Yesterday morning, the drive between Lynnwood and Bellevue took approximately 16 minutes in the ETLs, and the average toll rate was $1.50 for the 17 mile trip. Right now, toll rates are 75 cents and 3+ carpools are free with a Flex Pass in HOV mode. Map your trip before you leave the house: http://t.co/Xh7IR1YtOR.
Update 5:40 p.m., Monday Sept 28: Travel time in express toll lanes from Bellevue to Lynnwood has been a steady 15 minutes all afternoon offering a faster and more reliable trip for carpools, vanpools, transit riders, or who drivers choose to pay $0.75. Regular lane travel times remain close to average at 45 minute from Bellevue to Lynnwood.
Update 4:30 p.m., Monday Sept 28: Tolls are currently $0.75 northbound from Bellevue to Lynnwood for an estimated time savings of about 25 minutes. The current travel time in the regular lanes is 40 minutes, in comparison the average travel time at this time of day is 35 minutes.
Update 3:22 p.m., Monday Sept 28: Details on the first Monday morning commute are now available online: Drivers ease into the I-405 express toll lanes during first commute Monday.
Update 3:00 p.m., Monday Sept 28: Three person carpools can now drive for free with a Flex Pass. Toll rates are currently $0.75 northbound from Bellevue to Lynnwood for a 15-20 minute time savings. Drivers can use any kind of Good To Go! pass to pay the lowest toll rate.
Update 10 a.m, Monday Sept. 28: Two person carpools free w/Flex Pass - Morning commute is winding down. Toll rates are 75 cents and two person carpoolers are now free with a Flex Pass in HOV mode.Update 8 a.m, Monday Sept. 28: Major time savings in the 405 ETLs - As morning commute congestion increases in the GP lanes, we're seeing more use and major times savings in the express toll lanes. Toll rates hover between $1.50 and $2.50 from Lynnwood to Bellevue to go 45 mph or faster. No pass required.to pay. 3+ carpool rides free with a Flex Pass in HOV mode.
Update 6:30 a.m., Monday Sept. 28: Save time ETLs this AM- Toll rates are around $2.00 to go 45 mph through heavy traffic SB on I-405 from the I-5 merge to Bellevue.
Update 6:10 a.m., Monday Sept 28: Collision on SB 405 is clear There is a collision blocking the center lane near I-405 southbound just south of SR 522 is n ow clear. Toll rates in the express toll lanes are holding at 75 cents.
Update 6 a.m., Monday Sept 28: Know before you go There is a collision blocking the center lane near I-405 southbound just south of SR 522. Pay attention to the signs on the roadway and stay alert out there. A lot has changed between Bellevue and Lynnwood. You must only enter and exit the express toll lanes at designated access points. Plan your trip with our Interactive Map before you leave the house: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/tolling/405/map/
Update 5 a.m., Monday, Sept 28: Morning Peak is in effect Good morning! We're officially in the first peak commute. Don't forget, you need 3 passengers and an activated Flex Pass in HOV mode to ride free as a carpool. All all the Good To Go! passes will work or you can Pay By Mail. Stay alert out there, a lot has changed on the roadway.
Update 1:10 p.m., Sunday, Sept 27: We're live on I-405! Express toll lanes opened to traffic at 1 p.m. today. Even if you don't have a Flex Pass, you can pay to use the I-405 express toll lanes with any Good To Go! pass or using Pay By Mail.