NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Plans to bring tolled express lanes to Interstate 64 in Norfolk have been pushed back to next year.
Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne announced the delay Thursday, saying additional testing of electronic tolling equipment was needed.
“Last April, we emphasized the McAuliffe administration’s commitment to get this project right,” Layne said in a statement. “There’s no room for error, especially in Hampton Roads – a region that’s seen poorly executed toll collections."
Layne added: "VDOT and its contractors were to conduct exhaustive testing to ensure the unique characteristics of the 64 Express Lanes would function as expected. Based on its latest update, VDOT is not in a position to open this new facility. I have directed the agency to conduct an additional 60 days of testing, because this facility’s credibility will not be called into question.”
The original plan was to have the toll lanes active by December. The Express Lanes are intended to help ease congestion on an 8-mile stretch between the I-264 and I-564 interchanges.
For more information on the 64 Express Lanes, visit www.64ExpressLanes.org.