Construction on I-66 lane widening project expected to ramp up

Michael Dranove Tysons Update

The I-66 lane widening construction which began last summer is expected to ramp up this year, as Fairfax County leaders hope to finish the project close to the original schedule.  Intended to add a third lane between the heavily congested eastbound strip between the Dulles Connector Road and exit 71 (Ballston), the lane widening project is just the latest in a series of moves by Fairfax County to head off dire forecasts that predict increased time lost in traffic over the next couple of decades.  In addition to the lane widening, the construction will add seven feeder roads, including access to West Falls Church Metro.

In addition to improvements to I-66, the project also aims to make the route more bikeable, with a planned 25 mile bike path to run from Gallows Road to Haymarket.

(Source: Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling)

At this point, the County hopes to open the third lane in the Fall of 2020, with an overall goal of project completion by 2021.  In order to meet these goals, the County plans on significantly increasing construction until project completion.  “We’re at the very beginning of four heavy construction seasons,” Virginia Department of Transportation’s Susan Shaw told Tysons Reporter.  “This year, ramping up over what we’ve done in the past.”