Change is coming to one of the major highways through our county.
The Commonwealth of Virginia continues the process of transforming 22.5 miles of I-66 outside the Beltway, from I-495 to Haymarket. Initial construction in rights of way is expected to begin by the end of this calendar year. The approximately $3 billion I-66 project is a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the state Department of Rail and Public Transportation and a private entity (I-66 Express Mobility Partner). VDOT presented an update to the Board of Supervisors on Oct. 10.
Community input has been a critical part of the project. This year, 140 homeowners associations have been contacted and more than 40 briefings have been held with homeowners associations, community organizations and other key stakeholders.
All residents will have the opportunity to get more information and provide input on the project designs during meetings Nov. 13-16.
This project is designed to improve safety and relieve the congestion on I-66, moving 2,000 to 4,000 more people per hour. Improvements include:
- Two Express Lanes in each direction from I-495 to Gainesville
- Three general purpose lanes in each direction
- HOV and transit access to Express Lanes
- Median space reserved for future transit
- Add more than 4,000 park-and-ride options with access to Express Lanes
- Bike-pedestrian trail integrated with existing and planned trails
- Fund new buses and transit routes
Specific areas will see significant changes, too. For example, here’s a diagram of the proposed changes to the I-66/Route 28 interchange:
Designs of the project will be available to review during meetings scheduled Nov. 13-16. You will be able to get more information, view the project designs and provide your input in an open house setting. The formal presentations begin at 7 p.m.
- Monday, Nov. 13, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Oakton High School Cafeteria, 2900 Sutton Road, Vienna
- Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Stone Middle School Cafeteria, 5500 Sully Park Drive, Centreville
- Thursday, Nov. 16, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Piney Branch Elementary School Cafeteria/Gym, 8301 Linton Hall Road, Bristow
Following input from residents on the project design, construction activities are scheduled to begin before the end of 2017 with completion expected in 2022.
The I-66 Inside the Beltway project is separate from the Outside the Beltway project. The anticipated changes to that portion of the highway, which includes express lanes and changes to HOV requirements, is set for December.