All information regarding the I-66 project, inside or outside the beltway can be found on their website, www.transform66.org.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and its private partner, Express Mobility Partners (EMP), is working to provide new and reliable travel choices, while reducing congestion, along 22.5 miles of Interstate 66 between I-495 (Capital Beltway) and University Boulevard in Gainesville. The Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project is a multimodal initiative that will provide two express lanes, alongside three general purpose lanes in each direction, dynamically tolled to manage demand and keep the lanes free-flowing. The project will provide expanded bus routes, 4,000 new park-and-ride spaces, convenient access to the express lanes for HOV-3 travelers and transit, and safety and operational improvements at interchanges, including smoother transitions entering and exiting I-66.
The VDOT-EMP public-private partnership will deliver more than $3 billion in transportation infrastructure improvements for the I-66 Corridor. This includes $2.3 billion in design and construction and a $500 million payment by EMP in 2017 to fund additional transportation improvements in the I-66 corridor. On July 13, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) Board recommended 14 projects including transit, road and bridge improvements, trails and parking facilities, to Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) for approval to be funded from the $500 million concession payment.
VDOT and EMP are currently working on the project’s overall design. Over 400 people attended information meetings held in June 2017, and more than 1,000 comments have been received. The EMP team presented several new design concepts including improved connectivity east of Sudley Road and the I-495 Interchanges. Allowing heavy (multi-axle) truck access to the express lanes also was discussed at the meetings. Recently, the region’s planning board, in response to a recommendation from Fairfax County, took action to restrict heavy truck access on proposed express lane ramps at Vaden Drive in the region’s long range transportation plan.
Plans include a bicycle and pedestrian trail along the physically-constrained I-66, generating interest from nearby communities and key stakeholders. The current concept plans call for the trail to be on the highway side of proposed noise walls where the trail is near homes (about five miles in intermittent sections between Route 29 in Centreville and Gallows Road). The project team is working to reduce the length of these segments as much as possible, and to identify practical and effective ways to separate the trail from the roadway.
Over the coming months, the team will continue to advance the project’s design, sharing details with the public as they become available. The project team has attended more than 30 meetings with community and stakeholder groups, and is available to attend future community meetings as requested. The project’s design plans will be presented at public meetings later this year.
Start-up construction activities including mobilizing construction equipment and limited work within VDOT’s right of way are planned to begin later this fall. Construction is expected to be in full swing in the spring of 2018, with the express lanes scheduled to open in July 2022. For more information see Transform66.org.
Hunter Mill Roundabout Project
Construction is set to begin this fall on the Hunter Mill Roundabout located at the intersection of Mystic Meadow Way and Hunter Mill Road. The roundabout is part of a traffic calming plan for Hunter Mill Road. Included in the project are drainage improvements and a sidewalk to be added from the Oakton Community Park to Lewis Knoll Drive.
Only short duration lane closures are expected that will require flagging operations, likely during off-peak hours. One traffic lane in each direction on Hunter Mill Road and Mystic Meadow will be maintained the majority of time with no weekend work expected. Construction is expected to last about seven months.
If you see a pothole you can report it directly to VDOT by visiting https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling VDOT's Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623). TTY users call 711.
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