Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I-66 Pavement Rehab Begins April 4

For Loudoun County commuters using I-66...

In April, the Virginia Department of Transportation begins a $48 million project to repair and resurface six and a half miles of badly deteriorated pavement on Interstate 66 between the Capital Beltway and Route 50 in Fairfax County.

According to a VDOT press release, to minimize impacts to motorists, all lane closures will take place at night — between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday nights. The project will be complete in the fall of 2012.

Beginning April 4, two of three lanes on eastbound I-66 will be closed weeknights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. between the Beltway and Route 50.

Beginning Monday, April 18, the same closures will begin 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. weeknights on westbound I-66 between the Beltway and Route 50. Crews will limit the work zones to about two miles at a time. The closures in both directions will continue Sunday through Thursday nights through November 2012, weather permitting.

Starting in late May, periodic overnight ramp closures on eastbound I-66 will also be scheduled as part of the pavement work. Ramp closures and detours will be announced by VDOT well in advance.

Motorists should expect delays overnight in this area, and consider using alternate routes such as Routes 50, 236 or 123. Overhead and portable message signs will alert motorists well in advance of the work zones to ensure adequate time to exit at alternate routes.

VDOT reports that crews will first remove and patch sections of the concrete pavement through late summer, then pave the surface with new asphalt. Fort Myer Construction Company is the contractor on the project.

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