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The Capital Beltway: By the numbers

Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 5:46am  ET

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - A look at some of the numbers associated with the Capital Beltway, the highway loop that surrounds Washington and that will soon see a major change with the opening of new Express Lanes on a portion of the highway in Virginia.

64 _ The length of the Beltway in miles.

$2 billion _ The cost of building the 14-mile Express Lanes in northern Virginia.

$3 to $6 _ The estimated average cost of using the Express Lanes, unless you have a carpool of three or more.

75 _ The number of years that developers Transurban and Fluor get to collect toll road revenue from the Express Lanes in exchange for financing the bulk of the lanes' construction.

225,000 _ Volume of vehicles on the Virginia portion of the Beltway each day.

400,000 _ Projected daily volume of vehicles on the Virginia portion of the Beltway in 2020.

70 _ The time in minutes it would take to navigate the entire Beltway at the 55 mph speed limit.

55 _ The time in minutes it would take to navigate the entire Beltway if one were to drive 70 mph.

79 _ The time in minutes that Google Maps estimates it would take to traverse the Beltway if the driver began his trip at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12.

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Sources: Google Maps, Transurban, Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance.


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