The toll on I-66 inside the Beltway hit $46.50 on Tuesday

The I-66 toll inside the Beltway hit $46.50 on  Feb. 13 around 8:30 a.m. (VDOT)

The toll on Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway in Northern Virginia reached $46.50 during the Tuesday morning rush, just below a record of $47.25 set last month.

The toll reached its peak about 8:30 a.m. For much of the morning Tuesday, there were no major crashes in the D.C. region, but a heavy volume of commuters created delays on several highways in the Washington area.

Delays also worsened about 8:30 a.m. as a crash blocked some inbound lanes of the Roosevelt Bridge.

The I-66 tolls, which are meant to encourage drivers to carpool or use public transportation, have raised criticism among some drivers since they kicked in in December. Solo drivers who travel on the lanes at peak periods are charged based on what’s known as a “dynamic pricing” system that changes every six minutes based on traffic volumes and speeds.

Looking west on Lee Highway, lines of cars split between taking I-66 vs. staying on Lee Highway during  evening rush hour. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)


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