Work Preps for I-66 Toll Lanes Inside Capital Beltway - NBC4 Washington

Work Preps for I-66 Toll Lanes Inside Capital Beltway



    Drivers Slow to Warm Up to I-66 Tolls

    There's some road work on one of the busiest commuter routes in the region, I-66 inside the beltway in Arlington, where later this year, some drivers will have to pay tolls during rush hour. News4's Jackie Bensen reports some drivers aren't too happy about the change. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017)

    Road work along Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway is beginning a project to create new electronic toll lanes in hopes of alleviating traffic congestion while increasing vehicle capacity.

    The work on the entire project is expected to be completed by mid-2017 for dynamic toll lanes allowing anyone, including solo drivers who would have to pay a toll, to use them. The lanes will be free for HOV-2+ and buses.


    Crews began working on construction of gantries, the overhead devices that will detect toll users, Tuesday night. Sections of I-66 will be closing in 15 minute increments until 5 a.m. Wednesday.

    I-66 inside the Beltway will be tolled from 5:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. eastbound and from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. westbound, Monday through Friday. The lanes will remain free to all traffic during the off-peak periods and on weekends.

    Tolls will vary based on demand to ensure that toll paying users will have a high-speed, reliable trip similar to the I-495 Express Lanes and I-95 Express Lanes. It is anticipated that the average toll will be $5-6 a trip.

    The Virginia Department of Transportation expects the toll lanes will result in fewer delays, higher and more reliable speeds, and additional capacity. By 2020, I-66 lanes inside and outside the beltway will be converted from HOV2 to HOV3.