The transition to the new Express Lanes’ static and electronic signage, pavement markings and double white lines will begin in phases over the next month on I-64 between I-464 and I-264.
Starting as early as Sunday, Jan. 21, weather and temperatures permitting, crews are scheduled to start the replacement, installation and uncovering of the new signage and pavement markings, first starting eastbound on I-64, followed by the westbound direction to be completed as early as late February.
Once these new elements are in place, the current standard HOV restrictions will no longer be implemented in this section of I-64, allowing motorists the opportunity to learn and experience the new Express Lanes toll-free as final systems testing and transition activities are completed during this time.
During this transition, motorists will also begin to see:
New Dynamic Message Signs: New electronic message signs indicating “Express Lane Open, No Toll” or “Express Lane Closed,” as well as message signs undergoing mandatory testing that will display a mix of characters such as “TEST1$AB.CD” to ensure the signs are functioning correctly.
New Express Lanes Speed Limit Signs: New speed limit signage will be in place, indicating the new 65 mph speed limit in effect specifically for the Express Lanes.
New Double White Pavement Markings: The placement of the remaining double white lines on the pavement, dividing each Express Lane from the adjacent general purpose lanes, is estimated to be complete by spring 2024.
As warmer temperatures permit, the remaining white posts will be installed in this western section of the Chesapeake Segment starting in the spring. In the meantime, drivers must stay within the Express Lanes until they reach the designated entrance and exit points indicated by the transition of pavement markings from double white lines to single dashed lines.
As a reminder, regardless of whether the white posts are present or not in a section, it is against the law for vehicles to cross double white lines and is subject to police enforcement.
We encourage all our local drivers to take advantage of this free opportunity to familiarize themselves with this new road configuration and learn the “in’s and out’s” prior to the start of tolling operations anticipated in the spring.