Virginia Secretary of Transportation announces delayed opening of 64 Express Lanes

RICHMOND — Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne announced Thursday, Nov. 29, the delayed opening of the 64 Express Lanes in Norfolk. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) had planned to open the Express Lanes in December. However, the opening has been delayed in order to complete additional testing of electronic tolling equipment.

“Last April, we emphasized the McAuliffe administration’s commitment to get this project right,” said Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne. “There’s no room for error, especially in Hampton Roads – a region that’s seen poorly executed toll collections. VDOT and its contractors were to conduct exhaustive testing to ensure the unique characteristics of the 64 Express Lanes would function as expected. Based on its latest update, VDOT is not in a position to open this new facility. I have directed the agency to conduct an additional 60 days of testing, because this facility’s credibility will not be called into question.”

The 64 Express Lanes are designed to help make better use of the existing highway capacity. They will provide choices for motorists who want more reliable travel times while also relieving congestion in the free general purpose lanes.

For more information on the 64 Express Lanes, visit www.64ExpressLanes.org.