I-66 Widening (Complete)
|From Route 234 Bypass to Route 29 in Gainesville|
Project at a Glance
$90 million for construction
Shirley Contracting Company, LLC
What's Being Done
VDOT widened 2.5 miles of I-66, from the Route 234 Bypass to Route 29 in Gainesville. Two lanes were added in each direction, one regular and one HOV lane. The median was preserved to accommodate future barrier-separated HOV lanes or transit. The project was completed in August 2010.
Ramps for I-66 and Route 29 were modified and rebuilt, four new bridges were constructed, and the decks and girders were replaced on two existing bridges. VDOT constructed retaining walls, installed new water and sewer pipes, overhead message boards, and lighting.
Impact on Traffic
I-66 carries 57,000 vehicles per day between Routes 15 and 29. VDOT projects nearly 100,000 vehicles a day will travel this section of interstate by 2028. I-66 carries 87,000 vehicles a day between Route 29 and the Route 234 Bypass. The number of vehicles is expected to exceed 175,000 by 2028.