New Va. HOT lane tolls to be a fraction of I-66 estimates

WASHINGTON — People who choose to pay a toll to drive alone on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway next year may feel some pangs of jealousy when they see the bill. Toll prices in a similar conversion of HOV lanes to HOV or toll lanes in the Hampton Roads area are expected to be just a fraction of the cost.

A Virginia Department of Transportation presentation to the Commonwealth Transportation Board last week indicated that expected tolls on the stretch of Interstate 64 between Interstate 564 and just beyond Interstate 264 would be less than $2.

While tolls would only be in effect at rush hour on I-66, the tolls are expected to be around $6.

Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne said the corridor has similar enforcement issues as I-66, which make it hard to keep traffic moving.

He said the price differences in the two regions simply reflect “two different markets.”

While the I-64 tolls may not be an option in time for beach traffic next summer, they are expected to launch within the next year or so.

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