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495 Express Lanes open Nov. 17

Gov. Bob McDonnell and various state and Northern Virginia officials held a grand opening Nov. 13 for the I-495 Express Lanes, which open up Nov. 17.

The 495 Express Lanes are two new high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes in each direction on the Virginia side of the Capital Beltway from the Springfield Interchange to just north of the Dulles Toll Road (approximately 14 miles). Construction of the new lanes supported more than 16,000 jobs and generated nearly $3.5 billion of economic impact statewide, according to McDonnell’s office.

“The project not only helped create jobs during construction, but will continue to make Northern Virginia a more attractive place to work and live,” McDonnell said in a prepared statement. “The Express Lanes will open the region for business by providing better access to key employer centers and delivering the infrastructure needed to grow businesses and create additional jobs.”

Funding for the I-495 Express Lanes came through a unique public-private partnership between the state Department of Transportation, the state Department of Rail and Public Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and Transurban-Fluor. The partnership enabled the commonwealth to “leverage private-sector expertise and introduce new financing tools,” according to the governor’s office.

Comments

One more money maker for “Bob” the greedy Gov.


@operative, rumor has it Obama is writing a bill to allow the poor to travel all toll roads in US for free, and make the top 1% pay more on toll roads.


@Loudoun,

Try adding the Dulles Greenway & Dulles Toll Road to the HOT lane cost, it breaks down to;
$4.96 x 2 = $9.92
$1.75 x 2 = $3.50
$17.50 x 2 = $35.00

Total daily tolls County drivers (peak hours)= $48.42
Now that’s what I call highway robbery.


$17.50!!!!  If you drive the full 14 miles at peak times you pay $17.50.

I just found my answer on their site.  This is disgusting. 

What will the toll rate be?

Tolls for the Express Lanes will be dynamic, meaning they will change periodically based on real-time traffic conditions to keep the lanes free flowing.

It is not possible for us to predict exactly what the tolls will be at any given time. We expect they will range from as low as 20 cents per mile during less busy times, to approximately a $1.25 per mile in some sections of the Beltway during rush hour. The average trip cost is estimated to be between $5 and $6.


Small detail.  How much does it cost?

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