Using the Lanes

64 Express Lanes Reversible Roadway, Norfolk:

The Chesapeake Express Lanes are open. Whether driving alone or with passengers—are invited to test drive the new Chesapeake Express Lanes toll-free for the next several weeks to familiarize themselves with navigating this new roadway and its multiple entrance and exit points along the corridor.

While final tolling systems testing and installation of remaining white delineator posts and pavement markings are underway, motorists may encounter additional lane closures during the daytime and overnight hours as needed. These closures ensure the safety of our crews while still allowing the region’s motorists the benefit of earlier access to these new travel lanes as soon as possible outside of these closure periods.

Upon the start of Chesapeake’s high-occupancy tolling operations, estimated to begin no earlier than March 17, motorists driving alone will now experience additional commuting choices. These solo drivers are now provided the option to choose the free general purpose lanes or pay a variable toll to use the Express Lanes with an E-ZPass transponder—an option not previously available to solo drivers under the former HOV-2 restrictions during peak travel periods. For vehicles with two or more passengers, the Express Lanes will remain free with a required E-ZPass Flex transponder switched to “HOV-On.” Regardless of which lanes motorists choose, Express Lanes are designed to improve congestion and overall travel times for motorists in both the general purpose and Express Lanes.

New Travel Choices

Driving solo?

During operating hours, you can use your E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex to pay a variable toll and enter the 64 Express Lanes.

Carpooling?

All HOV-2+ vehicles, including buses, must have a registered E-ZPass Flex device switched to "HOV ON" during operating hours. HOV-2+ vehicles utilizing E-ZPass Flex will not be charged a toll. To learn more about obtaining E-ZPass, head to www.EZPassVA.com.

Choosing not to use the 64 Express Lanes?

The free, general purpose lanes will always be an option. 

New Rules Apply

Clean Special Fuel License Plate Vehicles or Hybrids

Registered "Clean Special Fuel" plate vehicles will no longer receive an exemption from HOV-2+ requirements during operating hours. You may contact the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles for information about receiving a prorated refund for your plates. Call 804-367-0492. 

Free Access, No E-ZPass Required

Buses

Buses can use the lanes for free when meeting the HOV-2+ requirement. It is recommended that buses obtain E-ZPass Flex transponders in order to utilize the lanes. 

Motorcycles

Motorcycles can use the lanes free. There will be no HOV or E-ZPass requirements for motorcycles. 

On-Duty Public Safety

On-duty public safety personnel can use the lanes free. There will be no HOV or E-ZPass requirements for on-duty public safety vehicles. 

Current Traffic

Virginia 511 Traffic Info

View real-time traffic conditions and road closures by visiting www.511virginia.org or by downloading the free 511 mobile app.

E-ZPass

If you travel in the peak direction during rush hours on the 64 Express Lanes in Norfolk (5 a.m.-9 a.m. westbound and 2 p.m.-6 p.m. westbound), you must have a funded and properly mounted E-ZPass in your vehicle. If you are an HOV-2+ driver, an E-ZPass Flex allows you to use the lanes free when switched to HOV mode.

Visit www.EZPassVA.com to get your E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex.

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