Twice since the state started tolling on the 520 floating bridge that crosses Lake Washington, I’ve been tricked by misleading signs into getting on the bridge when I didn’t intend to.
The first time, I missed the last exit before the point of no return because I had directions for taking 405 and going west on the bridge and instead I ended up taking I-5 and going east on the bridge. The exit is called something different when you’re going west so I missed it and had to drive all the way across the bridge and turn around and go back, in rush hour traffic. I made Daniel a half hour late for his baseball game and had to pay the toll twice. Neither of us was happy.
The second time was the Sunday before last when Don and I went to the arboretum. When we left the arboretum, we followed the signs for 520 west. The signs put us on 520 east, past the point that you can get off before the toll booth. It’s not terribly expensive or anything (unless you don’t pay it right away, as we learned the hard way a few years ago. The rebilling fees started at $40!) but it’s not the way we intended to go.
It ended up being a beautiful day to be out on the lake, traffic was a breeze and I learned something new: The 520 floating bridge is the longest floating bridge in the world. Despite living in the area my whole life, I didn’t know this.
Although I enjoyed the scenery of the lake, I can’t help but suspect that the signage is purposely misleading!
*Sorry about the quality of the photo. I took it through the dirty windshield with my phone and then cropped the dashboard out. But now you kind of know what it’s like on the longest floating bridge in the world – pretty, but not free! 🙂