The mission expands I-66 to 10 through-travel lanes: three general-purpose lanes each eastbound and westbound, and two HOT lanes in every path. The Virginia Division of Transportation expects the variable tolling system — much like these alongside the 395, 495 and 95 Specific Lanes — will assist the state to raised handle site visitors, foster carpooling and public transit use, and provides commuters extra journey choices.
Beginning Saturday, the toll gantries will start to cost tolls, whereas excessive occupancy automobile (HOV) guidelines additionally shall be in impact, VDOT mentioned. Solo drivers shall be charged a toll to make use of the lanes, however carpools with two or extra individuals can trip free with an E-ZPass Flex set to “HOV” mode.
Toll charges change relying on how a lot site visitors is on the highway. Drivers will see the toll worth on digital indicators earlier than getting into the lanes. Passenger autos equivalent to vehicles, pickup vans, SUVs and most vans can pay the identical price. Bigger autos and huge vans can pay the next price, whereas bikes can use the lanes free.
When a driver passes beneath an overhead gantry, the E-ZPass account shall be debited. Drivers may also have the ability to pay a toll on-line at Ride66express.com, by mail, by telephone or in particular person at a customer support middle in Manassas.
The pace restrict within the categorical lanes is 70 mph, in contrast with 55 mph to 65 mph at numerous places within the common lanes.
The brand new excessive occupancy toll lanes are the newest addition to the area’s rising community of categorical lanes, of which greater than 70 miles are in Northern Virginia.