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Speed limit on 495 Express Lanes to rise

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The speed limit on the 495 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia will increase later this month.

The governor’s office said the change from 55 to 65 mph will take effect on or about June 24.

While the speed limit on the 495 Express Lanes will be 65 mph, the speed limit on the mainline Beltway lanes will remain 55 mph.

Dynamic pricing based on real-time traffic conditions manages the demand for the lanes, keeping the Express Lanes moving.  All drivers need an E-ZPass to use the Express Lanes – there are no toll booths or options to pay cash. 

Carpoolers traveling HOV-3+ need an E-ZPass FlexSM to ensure a toll-free trip on the Express Lanes.


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