Regional Roadwork Update

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

Overnight Lane Closures and Traffic Stoppages on I-66 in Gainesville

Overnight lane closures and traffic stoppages of up to 30 minutes on I-66 East and West approaching University Boulevard in Gainesville will continue tonight, Friday, March 12, and next week, Monday, March 15, and Tuesday, March 16, for crews to perform overhead bridge work and install overhead bridge beams on the University Boulevard Bridge over I-66.  The work is part of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project.
University Boulevard over I-66 will remain reduced to a single travel lane in each direction through mid-day Wednesday, March 17.  During the overnight hours Monday, March 15, and Tuesday, March 16, two-way traffic will be flagged in a single, alternating lane on the southbound side of University Boulevard.
Drivers should expect delays if traveling in this area and should consider using alternate routes.

Friday, March 12

I-66 East from Route 29 Gainesville to University Boulevard

  • I-66 East will be reduced to one travel lane approaching University Boulevard from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • All lanes will reopen by 6:00 a.m.

Monday, March 15, and Tuesday, March 16

I-66 West from Prince William Parkway (Route 234 Business) to University Boulevard

  • I-66 West will be reduced to one travel lane approaching University Boulevard from 10:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. nightly
  • Drivers should expect periodic stoppages of up to 30 minutes between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
  • All lanes reopen by 6:00 a.m.

University Boulevard at I-66

  • From 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. nightly, northbound University Boulevard over I-66 will be closed with alternating two-way travel flagged in a single lane on the southbound side of University Boulevard.
All work is weather dependent and will be rescheduled if inclement conditions occur. The University Boulevard Bridge over I-66 is being widened to accommodate new I-66 Express Lanes access to and from the east near the new University Boulevard Park and Ride Lot. The I-66 Outside the Beltway Express Lanes, which span from I-495 to Route 29 in Gainesville, are expected to open in December 2022.

Overnight Closure of the Ramp from I-495 South to I-66 West

The ramp from I-495 South to I-66 West will be closed during the overnight hours Saturday, March 13, and Sunday, March 14, for crews to implement a lane shift on the ramp. Following the implementation of the lane shift, the ramp will reopen with two exit lanes. One lane has been temporarily closed since late January for construction of a new ramp as part of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project.

Saturday, March 13, and Sunday, March 14

Ramp from I-495 South to I-66 West

  • The ramp will be closed Saturday night from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., and Sunday night from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
  • Drivers will be detoured farther south to the Route 50 East exit, stay to the right toward Fairview Park, then take the left fork for Fairview Park North, bear left at the traffic signal and stay to the right following signs to I-495 North and I-66, then follow signs to I-66 West.
  • All lanes will reopen by 7:00 a.m. Sunday, and by 4:00 a.m. Monday.

Drivers should always use caution and pay attention to lane markings and roadway signs in construction work zones.

New Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail Bridge Opening

The new Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail Bridge over Route 29 (Lee Highway) in Arlington will open this afternoon, Friday, March 12, announced the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). This new bridge will provide bicyclists and pedestrians with a safer, faster crossing over busy Route 29 adjacent to I-66. The new bridge was built as part of VDOT’s I-66 Eastbound Widening Project.
“This new W&OD Trail bridge is another step forward in VDOT’s commitment to expanding multimodal transportation options in the I-66 corridor and across the region,” said Bill Cuttler, P.E., VDOT Northern Virginia District Construction Engineer. “The new bridge will benefit a range of trail users, from people walking and bicycling to the nearby East Falls Church Metrorail Station to the dedicated bicycle commuters who use the trail year-round to reach destinations across Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.”
The new crossing separates trail users from motorists at the signalized intersection of Route 29 and Fairfax Drive. The new bridge will enhance safety for both trail users and motorists and improve operations at nearby intersections on Route 29.
This section of the W&OD Trail between Arlington and Falls Church is heavily traveled by approximately 1,500 bicyclists and pedestrians on weekdays and more than 2,000 trail users on weekends. On weekdays, the W&OD Trail is a significant commuter route, carrying a steady flow of cyclists in both directions, tying together much of the region’s trail network. On weekends, the trail is a prime recreational resource for thousands of cyclists, runners, walkers, and more.
The new, six-span bridge is 623 feet long, with the longest span being above Route 29 at a length of 153 feet. Design and construction of the bridge were complex due to the close proximity to Dominion Energy’s energized 230 KV transmission lines, which require minimum clearances, and led to the need to introduce curvature in the bridge to meet requirements. Additionally, the new bridge was constructed adjacent to the historic Benjamin Elliott Coal Trestle, built in 1926 for processing of coal from the W&OD Railroad for local delivery.
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