VDOT to lift HOV restrictions on I-64 ahead of Express Lanes launch

Equipment for the new express lanes on I-64 is up but there are still some uncertainties in the timeline to launch.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Starting Wednesday, VDOT will allow drivers to use the HOV lanes on Interstate 64 in Norfolk before the launch of new express lanes.

Drivers should watch the overhead signs to see if the lanes are open to all traffic, or just to cars with at least two passengers. VDOT is testing the electronic tolling equipment that will charge drivers for using the lanes.

No drivers will be tolled during the testing, which is expected to last for about three weeks.

Toll Patrol: No date yet on when new express lanes will open

Crews are converting the 8.4 miles of HOV lanes between the I-564 Interchange to the I-264 Interchange to Express Lanes during the rush hour times of 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. westbound and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. eastbound Monday through Friday.

Drivers who want to use the tolled lanes should have a registered E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex transponder.