Michelle Holland 703-259-3378
Feb. 13, 2017
Nighttime Closures on Westbound I-66 Inside the Beltway Feb. 13-15
Toll gantries to be lifted over the highway
ARLINGTON - Starting tonight, work on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway will result in one or two 15-minute closures of the highway's westbound lanes from midnight to 4 a.m. on Monday, February 13, Tuesday, February 14 and Wednesday, February 15. Beginning at 9 p.m. on each night of the closures, the right lane of the highway will be closed to mobilize the crane that will lift the gantries; the right lane will reopen by 5 a.m.
To ensure the public's safety, Virginia State Police troopers will stop and hold westbound traffic ahead of the gantry-lifting operation. Traffic will be released after the 15-minute operations are completed.
The closures will occur between mile markers 66 and 71 on I-66 in these specific locations:
• Monday, February 13: Mile marker 71, west of where I-66 crosses Harrison St., east of where I-66 crosses Patrick Henry Dr.
• Tuesday, February 14: Mile marker 68, west of where I-66 crosses West St., east of where I-66 crosses Great Falls St.
• Wednesday, February 15: Mile marker 66, west of the Route 7 Interchange, east of where I-66 crosses Virginia Ln.
The gantries support electronic tolling equipment that reads the E-ZPass and E-ZPass Flex transponders, which will be required in all vehicles traveling on the future Rush Hour Toll Lanes. Last year, VDOT awarded the tolling construction contract to Fort Myer Construction, which also includes installing approximately 125 electronic and static signs. A separate contractor, TransCore, is responsible for developing and operating the tolling system on behalf of VDOT.
More information is available at Transform66.org.
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