Important info for drivers who travel I-66 east to the 495 Express Lanes

April 21, 2023

The express version

  • From I-66 eastbound, follow signs that say "TOLL, EXPRESS LANES ENTRANCE" to get to the 495 Express Lanes
  • The new entry ramp is on the right side of I-66, about one mile after Nutley St.
  • Drivers must get on the 66 express lanes for a short trip to get to the 495 Express Lanes' entrance

The opening of the 66 express lanes in November 2022 introduced changes for customers who travel the 495 Express Lanes from eastbound I-66.

A new way to get on the 495 Express Lanes 

To get onto the 495 Express Lanes, drivers will need to use a new, earlier exit ramp on the right side of I-66, about one mile after the Nutley Street exit. 

Click the video below to learn more: 

Follow the signs

As you drive on I-66, look for signs that say “TOLL, TO 495 EXPRESS LANES, USE 66 EXPRESS LANES, NEXT EXIT” and then “TOLL, EXPRESS LANES ENTRANCE.”

Look for these signs to get you to the 495 Express Lanes.

The new ramp will take drivers onto the 66 express lanes for a short period before reaching the prior exit on the left side that leads to both the northbound and southbound 495 Express Lanes.

New toll charges

A different operator manages the 66 express lanes, and they also charge a dynamic toll rate. Look for the words “495 EXPRESS LANES” and the current rate. Two charges will show on an E-ZPass statement. 

Rates for the 66 express lanes can be viewed here: Select eastbound as the direction, find the starting point called “EB Braided Ramp” and for the ending point, use I-495 Express Lanes.  

Getting to the best route for you 

Change your mind about taking our Lanes? Not to worry — you can still get to the regular, free I-495 northbound and southbound lanes, or continue to I-66 inside the Beltway, after taking the new ramp.