Vaden Drive Bridge Demolition Nearly Complete. Learn More.

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 Dec. 5, 2019)

Recent Construction Progress:

  • Demolition of all bridge spans over I-66 East and West and Metrorail tracks complete as of Nov. 25.
  • Bridge pier demolition continues, with one pier and remainders of two others still to be removed.
  • Piledriving complete for the new south bridge abutment.
  • Demolition of the north bridge abutment during daytime hours is nearly complete.

Planned Activities for this Weekend: 

  • This weekend (Friday night, Dec. 6, through Sunday night, Dec. 8), overnight demolition of a bridge pier base along I-66 West between the westbound collector-distributor road and the main lanes is planned. This work requires nearby travel lanes to be closed and will begin around 10 p.m. each night.
  • Closures and traffic changes will occur around Nutley Street (Exit 66) and I-66 West on Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m., and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • During these overnight periods, the western end of the I-66 West collector-distributor road and the Country Creek Road exit will be closed. Drivers wanting to access Country Creek Road should exit to Nutley Street North, turn left at the Virginia Center Boulevard traffic signal, and continue until the road becomes Country Creek Road.
  • The ramps from I-66 West to Nutley Street North and South will remain open.
  • The ramps from Nutley Street and Virginia Center Boulevard to I-66 West will remain open, however drivers will merge earlier – near the Vienna Metrorail Station – to access I-66 West.
  • Additionally, the two right lanes will be closed on I-66 West during these overnight periods. 
  • Demolition of the remainder of the north bridge abutment will continue during daytime hours and is expected to finish Friday or Saturday.
  • Work schedules are weather dependent.

Upcoming Construction Activities the Week of Dec. 9 and Beyond:

  • Piledriving for the new bridge will begin during daytime hours the week of Dec. 9 after the north abutment has been removed.
  • Demolition of the remaining bridge piers on each side of the Metrorail tracks will occur at night and require lane closures on I-66. Dates being finalized with WMATA.


Demolition continues on the north bridge abutment to make way for new construction. (12/5)


Water is used to reduce the amount of dust during demolition. (12/5)


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
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