By Caitlin Morris
What do 850 football fields, 1,500 Boeing 747 wingspans and the height of 21 Mt. Rainiers have in common? They all stretch 300,000 feet. That's also how much new striping our crews will install on Interstate 405 between Bellevue and Lynnwood in preparation for express toll lanes opening Sept. 27. Starting as early as late Friday, Sept. 18, between Interstate 5 in Lynnwood and NE 160th Street, drivers will begin to see double white lines on I-405. Restricted HOV access begins Saturday.
The new stripes will mean changes to how you use the I-405 HOV lane.
Today, carpoolers have continuous access to the HOV lane, which means they can enter and exit at any point. The new double white lines between Bellevue and Lynnwood will create a buffer between the express toll lanes on the far left side of the road and the regular lanes. Once the double white lines are installed, you can only enter and exit the HOV lane at designated access points marked by a dashed white line.
Enforcement begins once the double lines are installed
While tolling doesn't start until Sept. 27, Washington State Patrol will begin enforcing the double white line policy as soon as the new lines are installed. Failure to use designated access points may result in a $136 ticket for crossing the double white lines.
What does this mean for me?
Let's say you travel southbound on I-405, between Lynnwood to Woodinville. You will only have two chances to exit the express toll lanes prior to the SR 522 interchange and will need to leave the express toll lanes sooner than you previously had to merge out of the HOV lanes.
express toll lanes interactive map to see what your new commute on I-405 will look like. You can also check out our animated video to get a virtual feel for a potential trip in the express toll lanes.
We realize this will be a big change for carpoolers traveling between Bothell and Lynnwood, and we encourage drivers to try to familiarize themselves with the new access points ahead of time, but we know there will still be a learning curve.
Painting the stripes is weather dependent because the roadway needs to be dry for the paint to adhere to the road. Because of that, we suggest getting the most up-to-date construction information on the I-405 Construction Updates page.