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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:

  • Rebuilding Vaden Drive Bridge (anticipated opening November 2020)
  • 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 Reconstruction

The reconstructed Vaden Drive Bridge over I-66 is scheduled to open to traffic on or about Wednesday, November 24 or 25, reconnecting Saintsbury Drive with Country Creek Road/Virginia Center Boulevard near the Vienna-Fairfax/GMU Metrorail Station. The new, wider bridge will include a shared-use path opening in late 2020, and ramps to and from the west that will connect to the Express Lanes.

The Vaden Drive Bridge over I-66 closed in October 2019, to allow for bridge reconstruction and addition of Express Lane ramps to and from the west. The full closure shortened the time to demolish and reconstruct the bridge, and reduced the number of months that commuters and project neighbors were impacted by construction. 

The reopening of the bridge ends the Nutley Street vehicle detour. Pedestrians will continue to be detoured to the Vienna Metrorail Station pedestrian bridge until the shared-use path opens in December 2020.

Construction Update (Posted November 24, 2020)

Recent Construction Progress:

Upcoming Construction Activities:

  • Anticipated re-opening to traffic Tuesday evening, November 24
  • Finishing reconstruction of entrances to Vienna Metrorail Station parking garages (Open December 2020)
  • Completing shared-used path along east side of Vaden Drive (Open December 2020)
  • Building sidewalk on west side of Vaden Drive (Open summer 2021)
  • Building ramps on west side of bridge to and from the Express Lanes (Construction 2021-2022)
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 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

Vaden Drive Bridge is nearly ready for vehicle traffic to resume. (Nov. 24)

Vaden Drive Vehicle Detour

Drivers will use Virginia Center Boulevard (north of I-66), and Saintsbury Drive (south of I-66) to Nutley Street to by-pass the Vaden Drive Bridge closure. 

Pedestrian and Cyclist Detour

Pedestrians and cyclists will continue to 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 Metrorail Station bridge. 

Construction Update Meeting Held on Sept. 4, 2019

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. (Note: Anticipated re-opening of Vaden Drive Bridge is now in November 2020)

Timeline

Anticipated Schedule Dates
Saintsbury Drive to close permanently Sept. 5, 2019
Traffic shifts begin on I-66 Fall 2019
Vaden Drive bridge over I-66 closed Oct. 18, 2019 
Nutley Street Interchange construction impacts begin Summer 2020
Vaden Drive bridge anticipated re-opening November 2020
Vaden Drive Bridge anticipated re-opening November 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
Vaden Drive Bridge Detours - PDF, 1.9MB
Vaden Drive Bridge Construction Update (10/09/2020) - PDF, 2.8MB

Archived Resources

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 Construction Update (10/15/2019) - PDF, 2.4MB
Vaden Drive Bridge Construction Update (12/10/2019) - PDF, 1.7MB
Vaden Drive Bridge Construction Update (9/24/2020) - PDF, 1.6MB
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