Joan Morris 703-259-1799

Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779


March 25, 2011

Overnight lane closures en route to smoother ride outside the Beltway

FAIRFAX ― In April, the Virginia Department of Transportation begins a $48 million project to repair and resurface six and a half miles of badly deteriorated pavement on Interstate 66 between the Capital Beltway and Route 50 in Fairfax County. To minimize impacts to motorists, all lane closures will take place at night—between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday nights. The project will be complete in the fall of 2012.

Beginning April 4, two of three lanes on eastbound I-66 will be closed weeknights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. between the Beltway and Route 50.

Beginning Monday, April 18, the same closures will begin 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. weeknights on westbound I-66 between the Beltway and Route 50. Crews will limit the work zones to about two miles at a time. The closures in both directions will continue Sunday through Thursday nights through November 2012, weather permitting.

Starting in late May, periodic overnight ramp closures on eastbound I-66 will also be scheduled as part of the pavement work. Ramp closures and detours will be announced by VDOT well in advance.

Motorists should expect delays overnight in this area, and consider using alternate routes such as Routes 50, 236 or 123. Overhead and portable message signs will alert motorists well in advance of the work zones to ensure adequate time to exit at alternate routes.

Crews will first remove and patch sections of the concrete pavement through late summer, then pave the surface with new asphalt. Fort Myer Construction Company is the contractor on the project.

Editor’s note: More details on this and other VDOT projects beginning this year will be available at VDOT’s spring construction media briefing, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 14 at the Northern Virginia District Office, 4975 Alliance Drive in Fairfax. A media advisory is forthcoming.

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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