Construction Update Meeting for Centreville Area Nov. 18

About the Project

Project Sections

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 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. Construction of the new bridge will begin while the remainder of the demolition takes place. The new bridge is anticipated to open in September 2020.

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

Construction Update (Posted Nov. 12, 2019)

Recent Construction Progress:

  • Demolition of the bridge span over the Metrorail track and the southern bridge abutment complete. 
  • Concrete removal on the span over I-66 West is underway.

What's Ahead for the Remainder of the Week of Nov. 10-16:

  • Nighttime demolition of the bridge span over I-66 West will continue with removal of the concrete bridge deck and walls, followed by removal of the bridge girders later in the week. 
  • The bridge pier next to the Metrorail tracks on eastbound I-66 will be demolished starting Wednesday (Nov. 13) for approximately two nights.
  • Demolition of the bridge pier next to the Metrorail tracks on westbound I-66 will begin later in the week, once the bridge girders are removed from the bridge span over I-66 West (starting on/about Nov. 15 for approx. two nights).
  • Construction will begin on the southern abutment of the new bridge to include pile driving during daytime hours (starting Nov. 13).

Looking Ahead to the Week of Nov. 17

  • Nighttime demolition of the final bridge span over the I-66 West collector-distributor lane will begin early next week (starting Nov. 18).
  • Weekend closure of the westbound collector-distributor lane and ramp to County Creek Road is planned for Nov. 22-25 to complete demolition of the final bridge span and northern bridge abutment.  During this weekend closure, demolition work will occur during daytime and overnight hours.


Concrete removal for the span over the Metrorail tracks is complete. Covering used to protect the tracks during demolition is visible below the remaining girders.


Concrete bridge deck has been removed over the Metrorail tracks and girders are nearly ready to be removed (Nov. 7)


Slabs of concrete wall and bridge deck that have been removed from over the Metrorail tracks and are ready to be hauled away (Nov. 7).


Bridge girders seen from below, ready to be cut, removed, and hauled away (Nov. 7).


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.

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
News Release: Vaden Drive Bridge Construction Update: Bridge Demolition and I-66 East Lane Closures Continue - Website