Seattle: More than 22,000 trips were taken in the SR-99 tunnel’s first day

Though more than 100,000 folks got a taste of walking, running and biking the new tunnel (as well as bidding an official farewell to viaduct), that was just the beginning of the new State Route 99 connection. And although the snow stole the thunder a little bit on the tunnel’s first day, Seattle still got in where they could.

According to statistics released by the Washington State Department of Transportation, 22,145 people took the tunnel on the first day it was open. For now those drivers went through without a toll, but that will change in the summer, when drivers will pay between $1 and $2.25, depending on day and time.