New I-66 rush hour toll soars on first morning to more than $30

ARLINGTON, Va. – There was a hefty price to pay for some who were alone in their car, trying to navigate I-66 on the first day of Express Lane tolls.

For six minutes Monday morning the toll soared to $34.50 for the longest stretch of the highway inside the beltway east.

Tolls will be in effect for east bound from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. weekdays from I-495 to U.S. Route 29 in Rosslyn. The tolls will impact drivers headed west along the same stretch from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

According to VDOT, about 11,000 vehicles passed through the corridor. Many drivers paid less than $30 but we found some drivers who steered away from the highway once the tolls rose above $10.

VDOT determined that about 14 percent of travelers didn’t have an E-ZPass and will be billed through the mail.

Transportation leaders believe the tolls helped speed up traffic on I-66. Statistics from Monday morning show average speeds on I-66 were 57 miles per hour, compared with an average of 37 mph at last year this time.