The 495 Express Lanes on the Capital Beltway open Saturday, providing a faster way to travel between I-95 and Tysons Corner — but remember, like other toll roads, normal traffic laws will still apply.
Virginia State Police troopers will be on patrol and citing violators, the VSP cautions. In addition to enforcing Express Lanes regulations, troopers will also be enforcing the posted speed limit and on the look-out for aggressive drivers, impaired drivers, distracted drivers, and those failing to buckle up.
â€œSafety and compliance are essential to the effectiveness of the 495 Express Lanes,â€ said Capt. Mike Spivey, Virginia State Police Fairfax Division Commander. â€œThe same â€˜rules of the roadâ€™ that apply to the general purpose lanes are also in effect on the new express lanes and will be strictly enforced by our troopers.â€
In addition, troopers will be stopping and citing those in violation of the state law mandating the HOV-3 requirement in the Express Lanes:
If traveling with an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode, there must be at least three people riding inside the vehicle to be in compliance with the HOV-3 requirement. Those drivers not in compliance will be ticketed.
When using the E-ZPass Flex mode, the mode must be selected before entering the 495 Express Lanes. So, donâ€™t forget to flip (the switch) before your trip.
- Make sure you nominate (through the 495 Express Lanes Website or by phone) the bumper mounted transponder for HOV-3 travel at least 30 minutes prior to entering the Express Lanes.
HOV-3 regulations in the 495 Express Lanes apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Motorists are also advised that crossing between the white, lane dividers (aka ballards) from the main I-495 lanes into the Express Lanes is prohibited and is extremely dangerous.
For more information, please visit www.495ExpressLanes.com.