VDOT News - Northern Virginia
Michelle T. Holland 703-586-0487
Sept. 11, 2019
Custis Trail Detour in Arlington near Bon Air Park Begins Sept. 16 for I-66 Eastbound Widening Project
FAIRFAX - The Custis Trail in Arlington will be detoured beginning Monday, Sept. 16, due to I-66 Eastbound Widening Project construction. The trail will be closed where it passes under I-66 near Bon Air Park for construction to widen the bridge above. The detour is expected to last until fall 2020.
Trail users will be directed to cross over I-66 using an existing pedestrian bridge about 750 feet east of the underpass. The pedestrian bridge can also be accessed from N. Fairfax Drive near Kensington Street. The detour will be marked and uses existing paved trails.
An additional lane is being added to I-66 East between the Dulles Connector Road and Fairfax Drive / Glebe Road (Exit 71). Extensive work will occur on the I-66 bridge that runs above the trail, which requires the underpass to be closed for safety. As part of the construction, the Custis Trail alignment will be modified to improve safety for trail users.
Work is expected to be complete by fall 2020. The closure and detour were previously announced in spring 2019, but implementation was delayed until work overhead progressed to make it necessary.
Work on the nearby Washington & Old Dominion Trail Bridge at Lee Highway continues with bridge pier and abutment construction underway. The bridge is scheduled to open in fall 2020.
The Transform 66 Inside the Beltway Eastbound Widening Project will add a travel lane along four miles of eastbound I-66 and install approximately 12,000 linear feet of new and replacement noise barriers. The project also includes building a bridge for the W&OD Trail over Lee Highway and constructing a new direct access ramp from eastbound I-66 to the West Falls Church Metro Station at the Route 7 Interchange. Learn more about the project at inside.transform66.org
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