Work on the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway project is ramping up this summer, with crews shifting travel lanes and setting concrete barriers along the 22.5-mile project corridor, which spans from I-495 to Route 29 in Gainesville. Other activities underway include clearing and tree removal. All of these efforts are necessary for crews to create safe work zones as construction begins. Residents are encouraged to sign up for traffic alerts and project updates at Transform66.org/Stay Informed. Current construction-related activities include:
· Red pavement markings and the “red X/green arrow” signs have been removed from I-66 east of Route 50 to allow for construction. The former shoulder lane is now a fourth travel lane available to drivers during peak periods and at other hours when not needed for construction-related lane closures. Current HOV-2 rules remain in effect for the HOV lane during the posted hours.
· The project’s design-builder, FAM Construction, continues to offer pre-construction property condition surveys for properties within approximately 100 feet of the project corridor. These free surveys are intended to document existing conditions of homes and properties located near the project corridor prior to the start of construction and are completely voluntary on the part of the homeowner.
· To reduce congestion and encourage Northern Virginia residents and workers to find alternatives to driving alone during construction on I-66, VDOT launched a major commuter program to provide new incentives and options to choose alternate travel modes. Initiatives include:
1. Half-price fares on commuter bus service including one-dollar rides on select Fairfax Connector bus routes that operate on I-66 with service to the Vienna Metro.
2. Incentives to form new vanpools and carpools.
3. Incentives and employer assistance for telework programs for employers interested in establishing a telework program.
Additional information and direct links to sign up for these and other resources can be found at Transform66.org/Commuter Options.
Additional information about noise wall locations and construction is expected to be available this fall, following planned completion of the final noise analysis in late summer. In the Providence District, this will include replacement of many existing noise walls and construction of new noise walls in some locations.
If community groups or property owners have specific questions or concerns, or would like to schedule a project update meeting, please contact the Transform 66 Project team at Transform66@vdot.virginia.gov.
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.
17 stations have been unwrapped in Reston (9 stations) and Tysons (8 stations), offering another way to travel in those parts of the county, while reducing car congestion and advancing our overall economic success plan. Bikeshare is designed for short, point-to-point transportation from one station to another. So what’s the cost? If you’re new to Bikeshare, you can try the system with a $2 single-trip fare. These single 30-minute trip passes are available at any station kiosk (24-hour and 3-day passes are available at kiosks, too). 30-day passes and annual memberships can be purchased online. Fairfax County becomes the fifth jurisdiction in the National Capital Region to join the Capital Bikeshare system, bringing the total number of stations to 435 across the District of Columbia, Arlington County, City of Alexandria and Montgomery County. For more information please visit https://www.capitalbikeshare.com/.