HAMPTON, VA–Members of the Commmonwealth Transportation Board have officially voted Wednesday, Oct. 19 to allow up to eight miles of Hampton Roads high occupancy vehicle (HOV) interstate exchange system to become toll roads.
Although the prices of the toll and the exact areas designated have not yet been confirmed, officials are estimating the tolls to start at about 50 cents during express lane hours 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. depending on traffic flow around interstate 64 (from the interstate 264 interchange) up to interstate 564.
Outside of express lane hours, drivers with two or more passengers will still be able to travel in the lanes for free same as before.
Any single passenger drivers in the designated HOV lanes during express lanes hours, will run the risk of violations if they are not using the products EZ PASS or EZ PASS Flex (with flexibilities to turn the device on and off for no additional upgrade charge). No cameras will be set to catch offenders but state troopers plan to closely monitor the area.
With these new toll roads, VDOT hopes the underused HOV lanes will become more utilized by drivers as well as decrease untolled road traffic by percentages.