Project Update: Transform I-66 Outside the Beltway

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Transform I-66 outside the beltway summer 2018 work

By the end of 2022, the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway project will add Express Lanes stretching 22.5 miles from the Capital Beltway to U.S. Route 29 in Gainesville, rebuild major interchanges along the I-66 corridor, create thousands of new park and rides spaces and expand trail options for cyclists and pedestrians.

Work in May and June has focused on shifting travel lanes on I-66 and Route 28 to set up work zones that are safe for drivers and construction crews. These lane shifts will continue through summer and involve setting up concrete barriers, removing red pavement and rumble strips, re-striping the roadway with new lane markings, and transitioning out the Active Traffic Management System (the “red X/green arrow” signs).
In May, we shifted traffic lanes in the following areas:
  • Eastbound I-66 between U.S. Route 50 and Route 123 near Jermantown Road
  • Westbound I-66 between Sudley Road (Route 234 Business) and Route 29 in Gainesville
  • Eastbound I-66 between Route 29 in Gainesville and Sudley Road (Route 234 Business)
  • Eastbound I-66 between Prince William Parkway and Sudley Road
Additional work in May included tree clearing within VDOT right of way.

What’s Coming Up This Summer

Once work zones are set up, tree clearing begins within VDOT right of way in those areas.
  • Eastbound I-66 between Route 29 in Gainesville and Sudley Road (Route 234 Business)
  • Eastbound I-66 between Bull Run Drive and Route 29 Centreville.
  • Westbound I-66 at I-495
  • Route 28 Interchange
  • Gainesville (University Blvd) Park and Ride
New commuter bus service is scheduled to launch June 25 from the Front Royal and Linden park and ride lots to Washington, D.C. Stops are tentatively planned for Metro Center and L’Enfant Plaza.
Other commuter options include half-price bus fares and expanded carpool, vanpool, and telework incentives for commuters and employers along the I-66 corridor. The programs encourage travelers to find alternatives to driving alone on I-66 as construction accelerates in the project corridor.

Summer Construction Safety Tips

As summer heats up, so does the construction season. The warmer weather is ideal for roadwork and we anticipate having hundreds of workers on the corridor this summer. Stay safe and help to keep workers safe with these summer work zone driving tips:
  • Expect the unexpected. Keep an eye out for workers and slow-moving equipment.
  • Follow the signs. Signs and flaggers will direct you through work zones. Expect changes in traffic patterns as the project progresses.
  • Don’t speed. Enhanced fines of up to $500 may be levied for speeding in a work zone.
  • Focus and minimize distractions. Focus your full attention on the road and those traveling around you. Avoid changing radio stations, eating or using phones.
  • Be patient. Crews are working to improve the safety and comfort of your travels.




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