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Mike Salmon 703-383-2850
NR09-43

April 2, 2009



BLASTING ON I-66 AT GAINESVILLE
Daytime traffic stoppages planned


GAINESVILLE – Traffic on I-66 will be stopped on all lanes for two 15 minute intervals a day next week to allow the Virginia Department of Transportation to carry out blasting operations in connection with the I-66 widening project at Gainesville.

Beginning Monday, Apr. 6 through Thursday, Apr. 10, there will be two blasts a day at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at mile marker 44 between the Route 234 bypass and University Blvd. Westbound traffic will be stopped at the 234 bypass, and eastbound traffic will be stopped just past the I-66 bridge over Route 29. University Blvd. will be stopped on either side of the bridge approaches. The Virginia State Police will be working with the Prince William County Police to help stop and monitor traffic throughout the region.

Variable message signs are currently in place warning motorists of this upcoming activity. Motorists are advised to use caution through this area Additional alternate routes for local traffic and more information on this project are available on the I-66 Widening Project page at www.virginiadot.org.

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