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 Opens as New Express Lanes Ramp in Late 2012

ALEXANDRIA— The Virginia Department of Transportation closed the left-lane high occupancy vehicles (HOV)  ramp from I-66 east to I-495 north (Capital Beltway - Inner Loop) on Friday, October 12, for construction crews to complete paving, striping and installation of roadway delineators work to reopen the ramp by the end of this year as a new dedicated 495 Express Lanes ramp.

During the ramp closure HOV-drivers to 495 north must use the right lane general purpose ramp to access I-495 north. 
HOV-drivers are urged to follow highway message signs on I-66 as they approach I-495 and should expect delays in this area.

When the new Express Lanes left ramp reopens it will be free to HOV 3+ vehicles with the new E-ZPass Flex or to drivers with fewer than three occupants who choose to pay a toll.  All drivers choosing to use the new 495 Express Lanes must have an E-ZPass, and HOV vehicles must have the E-ZPass Flex in order to travel the Express Lanes for free.

View a map with new travel pattern for HOV drivers traveling I-66 east to I-495 north

View the I-66 east HOV ramp closure fact sheet