Provided by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
Traffic changes will take effect around the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail Station in the coming weeks as part of the I-66 Express Lanes Outside the Beltway Project. On or about Sept. 5, the ramp from Saintsbury Drive to eastbound I-66 near the Vienna Metrorail Station will close permanently as part of the future I-66 Outside the Beltway Express Lanes configuration. This will be followed by a temporary closure of the Vaden Drive bridge over I-66 that is needed to accommodate construction. Important details include:
Saintsbury Drive Ramp Closure:
- As early as Sept. 5, crews will close the ramp from Saintsbury Drive to eastbound I-66 near the Vienna Metrorail Station.
- Drivers heading to eastbound I-66 from Saintsbury Drive will be directed to use the Nutley Street Interchange.
Vaden Drive Bridge Closure:
- In fall 2019, Vaden Drive over I-66 will close temporarily for approximately 10 months.
- Drivers will be detoured to Nutley Street.
- Existing access to the Vienna Metrorail Station parking garages to the north and south of I-66 will remain open to traffic, as will the ramp from westbound I-66 to Country Creek Road.
- To facilitate commuter bus service from the Vienna Metrorail Station during this closure, the Saintsbury Drive ramp to I-66 East will reopen for buses only during weekday peak periods.
- Improvements will also be made to the intersection of Saintsbury Drive and Nutley Street to help accommodate anticipated additional traffic at that intersection during the temporary closure of Vaden Drive.
The temporary closure of the Vaden Drive bridge will allow construction crews to demolish the existing bridge and construct the new bridge within a shorter time period. Vaden Drive bridge will be rebuilt to accommodate the new footprint of I-66 with added bus and car-only express lanes access ramps to and from the west.
Additional details on the permanent closure of the Saintsbury Drive ramp and the temporary closure of Vaden Drive over I-66 will be available at a Transform 66 Construction Update Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Providence Community Center. Information will also be available on the project website: outside.transform66.org.
When complete, the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project will feature three general purpose and two Express Lanes in each direction from I-495/Capital Beltway to Route 29 in Gainesville. The I-66 Outside the Beltway Express Lanes are expected to open in December 2022.