New Ramp from I-66 East to Route 28 North Opening on or about July 8

About the Project

Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail Station Area

The Transform 66 Project will bring several significant changes around the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail Station that will improve access to the station for vehicles, commuter buses, cyclists, and pedestrians.  Details include:

  • Adding Express Lanes access to and from the west at Vaden Drive
  • Shared-use path and other new facilities for cyclists and pedestrians
  • Intersection improvements at Saintsbury Drive and Nutley Street
  • Closure of the ramp from Saintsbury Drive to I-66 East

Get a closer look at what’s planned through the Transform 66 Interactive Map.

Vaden Drive Demolition and Construction

Vaden Drive bridge closed on Oct. 18, 2019, for approximately 10 months to accommodate construction of a new bridge as part of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project. The closure is expected to reduce the time needed to demolish and construct the new bridge from 24 months to 12 months. Demolition of the old bridge completed in December 2019. The new bridge is anticipated to open in September 2020.

Learn more about the planned timeline for demolition and construction here.

Construction Update (Posted July 2, 2020)

Recent Construction Progress:

  • Construction of the North and South bridge abutments and retaining walls is complete.  
  • Traffic has been shifted to the outside of the roadway along I-66 East and West to make room for bridge pier construction.
  • Bridge piers are completed
  • Bridge beams have been installed over I-66 East and over part of I-66 West.  
  • View the Vaden Drive Bridge Construction Update flyer.

Upcoming Construction Activities:

  • Complete construction of bridge piers.
  • Bridge beam installation began June 9 and will continue for several weeks. Will require nightly lane closures and traffic stoppages on I-66 during overnight hours.
  • Construction of bridge superstructure.
  • Pour concrete bridge deck.

Upcoming Traffic Impacts:

  • Beam lifts require reducing I-66 to one travel lane approaching Vaden Drive. Multiple traffic stoppages of up to 30 minutes will occur each night beams are lifted. 
  • On the nights of July 6-10, lane closures and traffic stoppages are planned on I-66 West   
  • Drivers should monitor traffic and consider alternate routes.

 

Beam lift progress as of July 2. Work continues next week over the Metrorail tracks and I-66 West.


Minimizing Impacts to Neighbors

Some construction and demolition activities will generate noise or other impacts. When those activities occur, measures will be taken to minimize impacts as much as feasible.

During Demolition:

  • Sand will be used to dampen drop noise in closed travel lanes when possible
  • Demolished concrete will be hauled during daytime hours when possible
  • Concrete will be processed off site
  • Existing community privacy walls will not be impacted during bridge demolition

During Demolition and Construction:

  • Lighting will be directed towards roadway to minimize light pollution for nearby residents
  • Dust control measures will be in place
  • Construction vibration and noise will be monitored

Driver Detour

  • The Vaden Drive bridge over I-66 will be closed for about 10 months beginning Oct. 18, 2019, to allow for bridge reconstruction and addition of Express Lanes ramps to and from the west. This full closure will expedite completion of this work and reduce the number of months that commuters and project neighbors are impacted by construction.  Drivers should detour to Nutley Street via Saintsbury Drive (south side of I-66) and Virginia Center Boulevard (north side of I-66).
  • The ramp from Saintsbury Drive to I-66 East permanently closed on Sept. 5, 2019, as part of construction at Vaden Drive. It will be re-opened for authorized commuter bus use only during the closure of the Vaden Drive bridge. Drivers should access I-66 East at the Nutley Street Interchange.
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Pedestrian and Cyclist Detour

During the Vaden Drive Bridge closure, pedestrians and cyclists will be detoured across I-66 by using the Vienna Metro station pedestrian bridge. Follow signs to reach the bridge, then to return to Vaden Drive. Bicyclists may use this detour, but must dismount while crossing the metro station bridge. The pedestrian bridges are planned to remain open during the summer 2020 Orange Line Metro closure.

Construction Update Meeting Held on Sept. 4

On Sept. 4, 2019, the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project Team held an update meeting on work near the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metro Station, Route 123 Interchange construction progress, and the latest design for the Nutley Street Interchange. 

Materials from the meeting can be found in the Resources section below.

Timeline

Anticipated Schedule Dates
Saintsbury Drive to close permanently Sept. 5, 2019
Traffic shifts on I-66 Fall 2019
Vaden Drive bridge over I-66 to close for about 10 months Oct. 18, 2019 - Summer 2020
Nutley Street Interchange construction impacts (following Vaden Drive closure) Summer 2020
Express Lanes Open Dec. 2022

Resources

Concept plans - PDF, 14.5MB
Cross sections - PDF, 15.4MB
Plan and profile - PDF, 27.5MB
Planned I-66 trails near Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metro - PDF, 1.7MB
Rendering of Vaden Drive Bridge and Ramps - JPG, 516KB
Rendering of Vienna Metrorail Station Area - JPG, 476KB
Construction Update Meeting on September 4, 2019 Flyer - PDF, 1.3MB
Construction Update Meeting on September 4, 2019 Handout - PDF, 22.7MB
Construction Update Meeting on September 4, 2019 Boards - PDF, 4.9MB
Construction Update Meeting on September 4, 2019 Presentation - PDF, 5MB
Vaden Drive Bridge Detours - PDF, 1.9MB
Vaden Drive Bridge Construction Update (10/15/2019) - PDF, 2.4MB
Vaden Drive Bridge Construction Update (12/10/2019) - PDF, 1.7MB
Oct. 25, 2019 - Vaden Drive Bridge Construction Update: Bridge Demolition and I-66 East Lane Closures Continue - Website
Nov. 1, 2019 - Vaden Drive Bridge Construction Update: Lane Closures on I-66 Next Week as Bridge Demolition Progresses - Website
Nov. 12, 2019 - Vaden Drive Bridge Construction Update: Overnight Lane Closures on I-66 East and West this Week for Vaden Drive Bridge Demolition - Website
Upcoming Construction Adjacent to Vienna Station Community, Feb. 2020 - PDF, 4.7MB