Daily News Briefs, February 5, 2020

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WSDOT Rates the SR 99 Tunnel a Success after Its First Year

The Washington State Department of Transportation calls the SR 99 toll tunnel a fast, easy and safe way to bypass downtown Seattle traffic in a blog post marking the first anniversary of the tunnel’s opening. WSDOT notes that the tunnel now sees an average of more than a million trips each month and 83 percent of drivers using it have a Good To Go! transponder account.

KIRO Radio (via MYNorthwest.com) acknowledges, “Even with tolling starting in November [2019], the tunnel continues to be a popular option. “How many drivers are skipping the tunnel to avoid paying the tolls?” it asks. “Diversion rates continue to be better than some of the worst-case scenarios the state and city were expecting.”

Good To Go! Toll System Seattle Metro Area Washington State Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) WSDOT SR 99 Tunnel Project (Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement)


An Oklahoma Snowstorm Is Making Turnpike and Highway Travel Hazardous

KOCO reports, a major winter storm in the Oklahoma City metro area is blamed for numerous traffic accidents. Spokespersons for Oklahoma DOT and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority are encouraging motorists to stay home until slick and hazardous driving conditions are eliminated.

Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Safety (Includes COVID-19 Impacts) Oklahoma Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA)


These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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