Why Tolls?

Tolls, plus private financing, a contribution from the Commonwealth and a low-interest Federal Highway Administration loan, help to fund the Project. In addition, Elizabeth River Crossings is securing debt—that is of no recourse to the Commonwealth—to help fund the project.

The toll rate is established at the lowest possible rate, and with consideration to public input, has been reduced by 40% since originally proposed. The escalation limit accommodates increases in the cost of goods and services in line with the consumer price index or 3.5%, which is approximately a nickel annually.


Maximum Base
Toll Rates

Vehicle Type

Peak Period¹

Off-Peak Period²

Auto/Light Vehicles
Vehicles with up to two axles and six tires, including passenger cars; motorcycles; motorcycles equipped with a sidecar, towing a trailer or equipped with a sidecar and towing a trailer; and 2-axle trucks (4 and 6 tires).



Heavy Vehicles
Vehicles with three or more axles



¹ Peak Period is Monday to Friday, 5:30 am to 9:00 am and 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
² Off-Peak Period is all other times not specifically defined as Peak Period.
Upon completion of the MLK Extension, E-ZPass toll rates will be $0.50 when used in conjunction with a tunnel or $1.00 independently.

Pay the Lowest Toll Rate with E-ZPass

Drivers can pay the lowest toll rates using E-ZPass. Alternately, drivers may Pay by Plate which includes a $3.18 processing fee as an invoice is mailed to the driver. Pay by Plate payments can be made by mail, in person, by telephone or online. Pay by Plate is invoicing by mail, not a violation or citation.

Get an E-ZPass

  1. Visit www.EZPassVA.com, call 877-762-7824 or visit a customer service center; location details are provided online or by calling the toll-free number. Individual and commercial E-ZPass accounts are available.
  2. Install the E-ZPass transponder in your vehicle or on your license plate using the instructions provided.
  3. Drive as you normally would—without stopping or slowing to pay a toll.