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April 12, 2017
TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY DETAILS PLANS FOR EXPRESS LANES IN HAMPTON ROADS
Express Lanes to reduce congestion and improve reliability, benefitting all commuters
CHESAPEAKE- Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne today briefed members of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), Hampton Roads Accountability Commission (HRTAC), local officials, citizens and the media on the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) plans to reduce congestion, improve reliability and provide motorists with travel choices. VDOT will convert eight miles of Interstate 64 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV-2) lanes to Express Lanes, also known as High Occupancy Toll Lanes.
“This conversion means motorists will have a choice when it comes to their morning and afternoon commutes,” said Secretary Layne. “The move is long overdue and the Express Lanes are a much better use of our assets.”
The 8.4 miles of Express Lanes will be located between I-564 and the I- 264/64 Interchange. Operating hours will be from 5 a.m. - 9 a.m. (Westbound) and 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. (Eastbound) Monday through Friday only.
The project will also provide $3.5 million to new and expanded transit service along the corridor over the next 5 years.
A standard E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex transponder will be required to use the Express Lanes. Motorists traveling solo will display their E-ZPass and pay a toll determined by dynamic pricing, which varies to ensure free-flow travel in the Express Lanes. Drivers with two or more passengers will be required to have an E-ZPass Flex transponder switched to HOV mode to travel in the lanes free of charge during operating hours.
The traveling public can expect to see the installation of overhead gantries and signs beginning later this month and will be completed by August. VDOT will begin testing the system in the fall with the lanes expected to be fully operational in December 2017.
“It’s important to remember that use of the Express Lanes is a voluntary choice made by drivers,” said VDOT Commissioner Charles Kilpatrick. “The conversion will decrease traffic on the general purpose lanes and ultimately benefit all commuters.”
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