Sign approaching Narrows Bridge may be incorrect

The in basket: Greg Iverson of Manchester writes, “Last time I approached the new Tacoma Narrows bridge the initial sign about the Good To Go! lanes said to use the two left lanes. Since the extreme left lane is a HOV lane I wrongly assumed it was one of the two lanes being referred to. Actually if one counts the HOV lane, three lanes are GoodToGo lanes. , I unnecessarily moved left.”


The in basket: Greg Iverson of Manchester writes, “Last time I approached the new Tacoma Narrows bridge the initial sign about the Good To Go! lanes said to use the two left lanes. Since the extreme left lane is a HOV lane I wrongly assumed it was one of the two lanes being referred to. Actually if one counts the HOV lane, three lanes are GoodToGo lanes. , I unnecessarily moved left.”
The out basket: It isn’t a mistake, but the outcome of some strategic planning about rewarding electronic toll payers.
Janet Matkin of the Good to Go! office says, “While there are, in fact, three Good To Go! lanes (including the HOV lane), the signs direct drivers to use the two left lanes to help ensure that Good To Go! customers experience a non-stop trip.
“The third lane from the left splits at the toll plaza and drivers can either exit to the manual toll booths or continue on in the Good To Go! lane.” she said. “In the event of a backup at the toll booths, this lane could become congested and traffic could be backed up in that lane onto the mainline.
“Since (we) did not want Good To Go! customers to have to stop unnecessarily for such a backup, it was decided to encourage drivers to move into the two left lanes to ensure a non-stop trip.
“Regular bridge users know that they can use any of the three left lanes when they have a Good To Go! account, but in the event of congestion, it is wise to be in one of the two left lanes,” Janet said.
 

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