Current construction activities
Under the guidance of the I-405 Master Plan and the SR 167 Corridor Plan, the I-405/SR 167 Corridor Program team currently has three major projects under construction. Currently under construction is the I-405, Renton to Bellevue Widening and Express Toll Lanes project between Renton and Bellevue and the I-405, Northeast 132nd Street Interchange and I-405 Northeast 85th Street Interchange projects in Kirkland.
The Renton to Bellevue project is designed to reduce congestion and improve safety performance along one of the state’s most congested sections of highway. The project will add new capacity to create a two-lane express toll lane system between SR 167 in Renton and Northeast 6th Street in Bellevue. In general, the project will add one new lane in each direction. The existing HOV lane will be combined with this new lane to create a dual express toll lane system. The project includes road widening, fish barrier correction, interchange improvements and direct access for future Bus Rapid Transit and construction of portions of the King County Eastrail. Construction started in 2020 and WSDOT anticipates the project will open to traffic in 2025.
Overall benefits of the I-405/SR 167 Megaprogram
The projects currently in design and under construction build on $1.8B of successful project delivery on this 50+ mile corridor. WSDOT continues to partner with local communities and transit agencies to deliver the vision set forth in the I-405 Master Plan and SR 167 Corridor Plan. When fully realized, corridor travelers will experience multimodal improvements that provide benefits to all users, while addressing failing infrastructure, opening upstream fish habitat, and connecting communities, freight, and Regional Growth Centers throughout the corridor.
Express toll lanes offer benefits for all travelers
Express toll lanes better use the existing highway lanes and provide drivers with a more reliable trip. These lanes use dynamic toll rates, which change based on real-time demand and congestion. The toll you see when you enter the lane is the price you will pay for the trip. The I-405 and SR 167 express toll lanes will connect the entire corridor with a system better equipped to manage traffic demands in the future.
WSDOT is building express toll lanes on I-405 and SR 167 because they:
- Operate efficiently, moving more people and offering a more reliable trip.
- Manage demand to improve speed and reliability.
- Strategically add capacity to increase throughput.
- Reduce congestion, improving mobility for transit, freight, and drivers in all lanes.
- Generate revenue for future corridor improvements by charging a user fee for non-carpool vehicles to use the express toll lanes.
Once the SR 167 Corridor Improvements project is complete, drivers will experience transformed and modernized SR 167 express toll lanes. The future SR 167 express toll lanes will tie into the I-405 express toll lane system from Renton to Bellevue, currently under construction, and the express toll lanes to Lynnwood which opened to the public in 2015. These projects form the 40-mile I-405/SR 167 Corridor ETL system that benefits both transit and drivers with a faster, more reliable trip.
When complete, the southern end of SR 167 will connect with the Puget Sound Gateway Program.