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I-495 Express Lanes Progress Report: What You Need To Know

6:51 PM, Mar 13, 2012   |    comments
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TYSONS CORNER, Va. (WUSA) -- The new Express Lanes on the Beltway in Virginia won't be opening until the fall, but we have a progress report on all that work. 

There will be four new lanes, two in each direction, of the Beltway for 14 miles between Springfield to north of the Toll Road. Drivers will have an HOV option. HOV-3 drivers will ride for free with the new EZ Pass FLEX which will be available this summer. 

To use the lanes you must have an EZ Pass -- there will be no toll booths. The 495 Express Lanes are an all-electronic tolled facility,

The 495 Express Lanes are being called a "predictable option" on the Beltway, because drivers are guaranteed to go 45 mph at all times, including rush hour.

Toll prices will be determined by the level of traffic in the lanes. Depending on the length and time of the ride, the tolls will vary between $4 to $5. 

Lanes will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Virginia State Police will also be out to enforce the lanes.

For more information go to 495ExpressLanes.com.

Also, starting tonight, crews will begin demolishing an old ramp at the Springfield Interchange that goes over the Beltway as part of the Express Lanes Project. Work will take two to three weeks and it will be noisy, but VDOT says it is trying to keep it as quiet as it can.  

The work will close part of the Inner Loop at night. You'll have to get onto I-395, turn around, and get back on the Beltway towards Tysons Corner.

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