- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

BOTHELL, Wash. (AP) - Higher-than-expected toll collections will allow the state to speed up a project to ease congestion for afternoon commuters on northbound I-405 through Bothell.

Gov. Jay Inslee and state transportation officials announced Wednesday the $11.5 million project to open the right shoulder between Highway 527 and I-5 to all vehicles will be done next summer rather than in early 2018 as originally expected.

The Daily Herald reports ( https://bit.ly/2aNkoQu ) the project, which will cover about 1.8 miles, entails hardening the existing shoulder and installing signs to let commuters know when the shoulder is available as a lane. State officials expect it to be open daily from 3-7 p.m. and when congestion is especially bad.

The Department of Transportation is pressing ahead because it expects to have the money to cover costs. As of June, toll collections totaled $12.4 million, nearly $9 million more than the agency forecast when the lanes opened in September. By June 2017, revenues are predicted to be $21 million higher than forecast.


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