McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A look at some of the numbers associated with the Capital Beltway, the highway loop that surrounds Washington and that will soon see a major change with the opening of new Express Lanes on a portion of the highway in Virginia.
64 — The length of the Beltway in miles.
$2 billion — The cost of building the 14-mile Express Lanes in northern Virginia.
$3 to $6 — The estimated average cost of using the Express Lanes, unless you have a carpool of three or more.
75 — The number of years that developers Transurban and Fluor get to collect toll road revenue from the Express Lanes in exchange for financing the bulk of the lanes' construction.
225,000 — Volume of vehicles on the Virginia portion of the Beltway each day.
400,000 — Projected daily volume of vehicles on the Virginia portion of the Beltway in 2020.
70 — The time in minutes it would take to navigate the entire Beltway at the 55 mph speed limit.
55 — The time in minutes it would take to navigate the entire Beltway if one were to drive 70 mph.
79 — The time in minutes that Google Maps estimates it would take to traverse the Beltway if the driver began his trip at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12.
Sources: Google Maps, Transurban, Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance.