CHESAPEAKE – This winter, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) began a project to convert approximately eight miles of Interstate 64 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV-2) lanes to Express Lanes from the I-64/I-464 interchange in Chesapeake to the I-64/I-264 interchange in Norfolk.
Converting the HOV lanes to Express Lanes is intended to improve travel time reliability, enhance travel choices and reduce congestion overall in the corridor.
The $19.2 million dollar construction project began in late 2020 and is expected to be completed in fall 2022. Motorists may encounter daytime and nighttime single-lane and shoulder closures in both the eastbound and westbound directions of I-64, during off-peak travel times.
Once the Hampton Roads Express Lanes Chesapeake Segment is completed, operating hours are anticipated to be 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Vehicles that have the E-ZPass Flex transponder and are occupied by two or more people will continue to ride the lanes for free. Motorcycles and transit buses will also be allowed to travel toll-free. For the first time, solo drivers will have the option to use the lanes any time when paying a variable toll.
Use of Express Lanes is voluntary and tolls will vary depending on traffic volumes. In addition, three free general purpose travel lanes will remain available for use.
In Oct. 2019, the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) adopted resolution endorsing the Express Lanes Network.
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