Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
June 8, 2010
WESTBOUND I-66 SPOT IMPROVEMENT BEGINS NEXT WEEK
Motorists can expect lane closures at night during June and July
CHANTILLY— The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) begins construction next week on the first of three spot improvements designed to reduce congestion and increase safety on westbound Interstate 66 inside the beltway. The 1.9-mile spot improvement, located between Fairfax Drive and Sycamore Street in Arlington County, will take 18 months to complete.
Motorists can expect one of two westbound lanes to be closed from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m., Sunday nights through Thursday nights during June and July; and then periodic lane closures until the project is completed in December 2011. All lane closures will be at night; there will be no lane closures during the day, on weekends or on holidays.
During June and July, the right lane will be closed nightly while crews rebuild the right shoulder. Traffic then will be switched to the shoulder while concrete traffic barriers are installed and the lanes are temporarily re-striped. VDOT will keep motorists informed of progress and traffic impacts throughout the project.
A wrecker will be on site to help clear accidents promptly.
When completed in December 2011, the westbound acceleration and deceleration lane between Fairfax Drive and Sycamore Street will be lengthened to form a continuous auxiliary lane between the two ramps. A new 12-foot wide shoulder will be constructed with full-strength pavement capable of carrying traffic during emergency situations.
Future spot improvements, not part of this contract, are planned between Haycock Road and Westmoreland Street, and between Lee Highway and Glebe Road.
Lane Construction is the contractor for the $10.2 million improvement. More information on the history and entire I-66 Spot Improvements project is available at www.virginiadot.org.
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