Delays likely as E-ZPass only lanes closed on Dulles Toll Road
Posted by WTOP/Dave Dildine
May 28, 2019
A new traffic pattern recently went into effect on the Dulles Toll Road, and it will likely cause delays during rush hours near a project designed to upgrade tolling technology.
On the Dulles Toll Road, west of the Capital Beltway, a work zone is blocking the three left E-ZPass only lanes at the main toll plaza. Two E-ZPass lanes and two full service lanes are open to westbound drivers at the center and right toll booths.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said the closures will be mirrored at the eastbound toll plaza, east of Va. Route 7, and both work zones will last several weeks. As of Tuesday afternoon, the closure of a center toll booth was having a marginal impact on eastbound traffic.
Tolling technology upgrades have been ongoing at the ramp toll booths for more than a year. The main toll plaza is one of the last facilities to receive the upgrades.
The new traffic pattern is expected to cause slowdowns as westbound drivers, especially those with transponders in the fast lanes, learn of the closures for the first time, and will be forced to move to their right.