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TEMPORARY CHANGES TO HOV-2+ RESTRICTIONS ON REVERSIBLE ROADWAY THIS WEEK, SIGNS TO BE TESTED AHEAD OF 64 EXPRESS LANES LAUNCH

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) wants the public to know beginning Tuesday, November 14 through Friday, November 17 current High Occupancy Vehicle 2+ (HOV-2+) restrictions will be temporarily lifted only on the I-64 Reversible Roadway in Norfolk. During this time, motorists entering the Reversible Roadway can also expect to see test messages displayed on signs, ahead of the planned 64 Express Lanes launch in December.

Field testing of electronic tolling equipment for the 64 Express Lanes is currently underway to ensure the system is fully functional when tolling begins early next month; however, until the official launch, motorists will not be tolled for using the system.

As testing continues, travelers can expect to see test messages displayed on signs before entering the Reversible Roadway. Motorists in the Reversible Roadway may also see flashes from strobe lights as they pass the overhead gantries. Drivers in the general purpose lanes may witness some flashing as well. 

VDOT is converting 8.4 miles of HOV-2+ lanes to Express Lanes between the I-64/I-264 Interchange and I-564. When the lanes launch, variable tolling of the 64 Express Lanes will be in effect from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. westbound and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. eastbound Monday through Friday. Drivers wishing to enter the system during operating hours must have a registered E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex device. Outside the tolling hours, the 64 Express Lanes will remain free and open to all motorists with no E-ZPass or HOV requirements in effect.

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Town Hall Meeting in Virginia Beach Tonight

Join the Virginia Department of Transportation for a town hall meeting to provide the public with details about the conversion of I-64 HOV+2 lanes in Norfolk to Express Lanes beginning in December.

The town hall meeting will take place Wednesday, November 8 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. in the auditorium of Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach.   The town hall will be led by Virginia’s Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Grindly Johnson.

The public is invited to see a presentation about the new Express Lanes and learn more about E-ZPass and E-ZPass Flex transponders which will be required to use the lanes during operating hours.

WHAT:   I-64 Express Lanes Town Hall Meeting

WHEN:   Wednesday, November 8, 2017- 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

WHERE: Princess Anne High School, 4400 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, Va. 23462

WHO:     Presentation led by Virginia’s Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Grindly Johnson.

Coming in HOT! Lane Changes on I-64

Deputy Secretary of Transportation Grindly Johnson (right) explains the many benefits of the 64 Express Lanes coming to Hampton Roads this December.

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Public Outreach: Raising Awareness

VDOT is dedicated to ensuring motorists are prepared for the launch of the 64 Express Lanes in December. The project team, including Deputy Secretary of Transportation Grindly Johnson, has been presenting to the military, local government, business and civic organizations. Outreach efforts range from televised appearances to billboards to tabling events. If you would like to plan a presentation for your organization, e-mail us with "Express Lanes Presentation" in the subject line. You can also follow us on Twitter @VaDOTHR for daily updates on the 64 Express Lanes.

Deputy Secretary of Transportation Grindly Johnson (right) discusses the 64 Express Lanes with Cheryl Nelson (left) of WTKR's "Coast Live."

Deputy Secretary of Transportation Grindly Johnson (right) presents on the 64 Express Lanes to a gathering of U.S. Navy servicemembers along with VDOT Tolling Administrator David Caudill (left) at Naval Station Norfolk.

HRTPO Resolution of Support for a Regional I-64 Express Lane Network

In July 2017, the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) issued a resolution of support for a regional I-64 Express Lane network. View the map below for details:

Segment 1 (approved) – I-64 from I-264 to I-564 in Norfolk. These reversible Express Lanes are expected to be operational in December 2017.

Segment 2 (proposed) – I-64 from I-664/I-264 (Bowers Hill) to I-464 in Chesapeake, as well as conversion of the existing HOV lanes from I-464 to I-264 in Norfolk.

Segment 3 (proposed) – I-64 from I-564 in Norfolk to I-664 in Hampton. Segment 3 includes the new Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion, which will carry two general purpose lanes and one Express Lane at a minimum, with additional alternatives to be considered during procurement. (Learn more about the HRBT Expansion Project here: www.HRBTexpansion.org)

Segment 4 (potential) – I-64 from I-664 in Hampton to Jefferson Avenue in Newport News. This HOV segment will be evaluated for conversion to Express Lanes in the future.

You can read the entire presentation to the HRTPO here.

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY DETAILS PLANS FOR EXPRESS LANES IN HAMPTON ROADS

CHESAPEAKE- Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne today briefed members of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), Hampton Roads Accountability Commission (HRTAC), local officials, citizens and the media on the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) plans to reduce congestion, improve reliability and provide motorists with travel choices.  VDOT will convert eight miles of Interstate 64 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV-2) lanes to Express Lanes, also known as High Occupancy Toll Lanes.

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HOV LANES IN NORFOLK TO BECOME HOT LANES
Conversion to occur in late 2017

ARLINGTON - The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) today voted to authorize VDOT to convert eight miles of Interstate 64 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV-2) reversible lanes to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) or Express Lanes from the Interstate 264/64 Interchange to Interstate 564 in Fall 2017.  

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HOV LANES IN NORFOLK TO BECOME HOT LANES
Conversion to occur in late 2017

ARLINGTON - The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) today voted to authorize VDOT to convert eight miles of Interstate 64 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV-2) reversible lanes to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) or Express Lanes from the Interstate 264/64 Interchange to Interstate 564 in Fall 2017.

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Early Conversion

Closer Look at Construction: 64 Express Lanes

64 Express Lanes Toll Gantry Installation - June 7, 2017