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I-66 and Route 15 Interchange Reconstruction

Constructing a new Diverging Diamond Interchange in Prince William County

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
September 2015

Est Completion Date
Fall 2017

Cost
$59 million

Contractor
Lane Construction Corp.

Locality
Prince William

District
Northern Virginia

Contact
Christiana Briganti-Dunn, P.E., CCM
Design-Build
703-259-2960
William Atkins, CCM
Construction
571-287-0061

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Latest Information

» Two meetings scheduled to discuss the opening of the DDI:

Wednesday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday, Dec.13 – Bull Run Middle School cafeteria, 6308 Catharpin Road, Gainesville, VA. Both meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and feature a brief presentation at 7 p.m. and an interactive DDI walk-through.

View the meeting presentation online.

» Intersection closure scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 16 until 9 a.m. Dec. 17. The detour route will use Heathcote Boulevard to Old Carolina Road to Route 55. View larger detour image.

Learn about the DDI

Diverging-diamond interchanges shift vehicles to the opposite side of the road and eliminate left turns that cross into oncoming traffic, improving safety. Traffic signals at each end of the interchange reduce “red light” time for motorists.

View video about DDIs

View simulation of Interstate 66 and Route 15 DDI

About the Project

As part of this diverging-diamond interchange, the project will include constructing:

  • Two longer bridges to carry U.S. 15 over I-66 with two crossover intersections;
  • Ramp improvements (including a spur ramp to ease traffic flow from westbound I-66 to northbound U.S. 15 to westbound Heathcote Boulevard);
  • Improvements on U.S. 15 from just north of the railroad tracks to just south of Heathcote Boulevard;
  • Wider intersections on U.S. 15 at Heathcote Boulevard and Route 55, adding turn lanes to both; and
  • A 10-foot-wide shared-use path on the east side of U.S. 15 for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Background

In May 2014, the CTB awarded a $36 million contract to Lane Construction Corp. of Chantilly to design and build a diverging-diamond interchange (DDI) on U.S. 15 at I-66 to relieve congestion, enhance public safety, operations and capacity, and accommodate forecasted traffic demand in the area.

VDOT recently completed its first two DDIs in Louisa and Roanoke, and has two more in the works in Blacksburg and Stafford.

Estimated Costs

Preliminary Engineering: $3 million
Right of Way acquisition and Relocation Assistance: $8 million
Design/Build Contract (Final Design, Utility Relocation & Construction), Contingency and VDOT oversight: $48 million
Total: $59 million

Traffic Impacts

Motorists can expect daily, single-lane closures during off-peak hours on Route 15 and Route 55 in the Town of Haymarket.  Access will be maintained at all times to private and business driveways and all I-66 interchange ramps.

Given the layout of the existing interchange, no complete stoppages of I-66 traffic flow are anticipated, as the nighttime traffic volumes can be detoured onto the exit ramps, through the Route 15 traffic signals and then back onto the interstate via the entrance ramps.

Resources

"Pardon our dust" meeting presentation (August 2015) || Revised Environmental Assessment (June 2015) and Appendices || Information meeting (October 2014) || FHWA video - Diverging Diamond Interchange || Displays: Overall Project, Traffic Flow, Peak Hour Volumes 2036 || Comparison Table - DDI vs. Flyover  || Traffic Operations - DDI vs. SDR || Contract Award (May 2014) ||  Public hearing brochure, comment summary (March 2013) || Information meeting brochure (March 2012)
 
Project Numbers
UPC: 100566 || State: (FO) 0066-076-074, P101, R201, C501 || Federal: IM-066-1 (341)

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