Toll rates for Seattle tunnel could range from $1 to $2.25

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington State Transportation Commission selected possible tolling rates for a new State Route 99 tunnel under downtown Seattle.

KING-TV reports rates would range from $1 to $2.25. Weekday tolls would peak from 7 to 9 a.m. at $1.50 and from 3 to 6 p.m. at $2.25. Weekends would have $1 rates.

Toll rates would increase 3 percent every three years beginning in 2022.

This tolling plan is designed to pay off the tunnel by 2046. At that point, the state legislature would decide whether to reduce or eliminate the toll altogether.

The commission will review future toll increases, while the state legislature will determine if toll revenue should cover other costs. The Washington Department of Transportation hopes the tunnel will open in October.