VDOT News - Northern Virginia
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
July 14, 2021
I-66 Eastbound Direct Access Ramp to West Falls Church Metrorail Opens Tomorrow, Thursday, July 15
FAIRFAX – A new ramp-to-ramp connection providing direct access from I-66 East to the West Falls Church Metrorail Station is planned to open midday tomorrow, Thursday, July 15. The new I-66 Eastbound direct access ramp connects two existing ramps – the ramp from I-66 East to Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) and the ramp from Route 7 East to I-66 East – to allow drivers to reach the eastbound I-66 collector-distributor road adjacent to the Metrorail station's parking garage. This project is part of the I-66 Inside the Beltway Eastbound Widening Project.
“This direct access ramp will save time for motorists heading to the West Falls Church Metrorail Station and reduce traffic on an often-congested section of Route 7,” said Mark Gibney, P.E., VDOT Design-Build Project Manager. “It makes use of existing VDOT right of way to add multi-modal connections as well as improving safety on Route 7.”
Construction involved adding an additional lane to the exit ramp from I-66 East and widening the bridge over Route 7 to provide room for drivers to merge with vehicles on the existing ramp. When the ramp opens, drivers exiting I-66 East will choose to stay right to reach Route 7 or stay left to reach the West Falls Church Metrorail Station and Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center. Vehicles from I-66 East currently reach the station by exiting to Route 7 East, turning left at the traffic signal onto Haycock Road, then turning left at the traffic signal onto Falls Church Drive.
“VDOT’s Transform 66 Inside the Beltway Project includes multiple multi-modal projects that work together to move more people,” said Bill Cuttler, P.E., VDOT Northern Virginia District Construction Engineer. “These improvements give people more travel options – including as pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders – and make those choices safer and more efficient.”
The opening is weather dependent and will be rescheduled if inclement conditions occur.
The I-66 Eastbound Widening Project has added a travel lane along four miles of eastbound I-66 (opened in December 2020) and constructed a new bridge over Lee Highway (Route 29) for the Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail (opened in March 2021). The project has also installed approximately 12,000 linear feet of new and replacement noise barriers. Remaining work to replace bearings on the I-66 East bridge over Sycamore Street and upgrade traffic signals at Route 29 intersections with Fairfax Drive and Washington Boulevard is expected to be complete later this summer.
The I-66 Eastbound Widening Project is part of VDOT’s larger Transform 66 Program aimed at moving more people along the I-66 corridor more efficiently. The I-66 Eastbound Widening Project is being constructed under an $85.7 million design-build contract by Lane Construction Corporation.
The new ramp-to-ramp connection (shown in orange) will provide travelers with direct access from I-66 East to the West Falls Church Metrorail Station.
Drivers exiting I-66 East at Route 7 will stay left on the ramp to reach the West Falls Church Metrorail Station.
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