Gallows Road is being rebuilt where it crosses I-66. The new alignment will include improved bicycle and pedestrian facilities on the bridge over I-66 and access to the new shared-use path being built along I-66. The new design will:
Get a closer look at what’s planned through the Transform 66 Interactive Map.
Traffic Shifted to New Gallows Road Bridge
The new Gallows Road Bridge over I-66 is being built in two phases so that it can remain open for vehicles and pedestrians during construction. The first portion of the new bridge is just to the east of the current bridge. The northbound Gallows Road travel lanes shifted to the new bridge on October 14, with the southbound shift to the new bridge occurring on October 24. Two-way traffic with two lanes in each direction will run on the Gallows Road North Bridge while the old bridge is demolished and the southbound portion of the bridge is constructed. The remainder of the bridge is estimated to be complete in summer 2022.
Pedestrian access shifted to the east side of the new bridge on October 29. Pedestrians will use the sidewalk on the east side of the new Gallows Road Bridge during demolition of the old bridge and construction of the new span over I-66. Pedestrian detours will cross Gallows Road using the crosswalks at Cottage Street and Avenir Place/Bellforest Drive.
Access to the Dunn Loring Metrorail Station, Stenwood Elementary School, and other destinations will be maintained while the southbound bridge is being built.
The new Gallows Road Bridge will be wider and include a 5’ bike lane in each direction. Pedestrians will be able to use a 7’ wide sidewalk along northbound Gallows Road or a 10’ wide barrier-separated path along southbound Gallows Road.
Demolition of the Old Gallows Road Bridge
Demolition of the old Gallows Road Bridge involves breaking up the concrete deck using jackhammers, saw cutters, and hoe rams, followed by removal of the steel bridge beams and concrete piers and abutments.
To protect motorists and work crews, demolition work that occurs over I-66 travel lanes and the Dunn Loring Metrorail Station will be completed during the overnight hours (typically between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.), when multiple lanes of I-66 can be closed and it is safe to work over the Metrorail station and tracks. Demolition work that does not occur over I-66 travel lanes will be completed during daytime hours, whenever possible. Approximately 30-40 nights of work is expected to tear down the old crossing, depending on weather and other factors, and is anticipated to continue through the end of 2021.
“Pre-demolition activity” on the old bridge began in late October and occurred during daytime and overnight hours. This lighter activity included removing railing and fencing, demolishing parapet (wall) on the bridge, and constructing a platform under the old bridge to protect the WMATA facilities. These are “less noisy” activities than the bridge deck demolition that will follow.
Crews sawcut sections of the bridge deck above Metrorail facilities during daytime hours, which reduced the number of nights of demolition. This work completed on November 19.
With bridge deck demolition over the Dunn Loring Metrorail Station completed, crews will next demolish the northern portion of the old bridge, followed by the southern portion. The spans over I-66 East and West and the bridge piers can only be demolished during the overnight hours when multi-lane closures on I-66 are allowed. The spans farthest north and farthest south, and the old bridge abutments will be demolished during the daytime hours.
Drivers should expect nightly lane closures on I-66 East and West near Gallows Road as bridge demolition progresses.
Overnight demolition of the old Gallows Road Bridge over I-66 will resume Wednesday night, December 8, with nightly multi-lane closures on westbound I-66. Crews will continue breaking up the old concrete bridge deck over I-66 West and removing old bridge beams over I-66 West and the Metrorail Orange Line and Dunn Loring Metrorail Station.
What’s Ahead for the Remainder of the Week:
An update will be provided on Friday related to work planned this weekend and the following week (December 12-18). Work next week is expected to include several nights removing bridge beams from Span 3 and Span 4.
What Drivers Should Expect:
Wednesday, December 8, through Friday, December 10
I-66 West from I-495 to Gallows Road
Ramp from I-495 South to I-66 West
Ramp from 495 Express Lanes North to I-66 West
Saturday, December 11
I-66 West from I-495 to Gallows Road
Ramp from I-495 South to I-66 West
All work is weather dependent, and schedules may shift if inclement conditions occur.
Gallows Road Bridge Demolition Progress To Date:
What Neighbors Should Expect During Demolition
What Drivers Can Expect
Construction Update (Updated December 8, 2021)
Recent Construction Progress:
Upcoming Construction Activities:
Construction Update Meeting
The Transform 66 Project team held a virtual construction update meeting on upcoming activities on October 4, 2021. View a recording of the online presentation and question-and-answer session below. Download the presentation here.
|Postcard about upcoming work - PDF, 2.1MB|
|Meeting Presentation - PDF, 1MB|
The new Gallows Road Bridge northbound span is nearly ready for traffic. [NOTE: Gallows Road traffic shifted to the new bridge in October.] (September 24, 2021)
Gallows Road traffic shifted to the new bridge over I-66 on October 24. Preparation for demolition of the old span is underway. (October 25, 2021))
Looking south toward the new Gallows Road Bridge over I-66. The driveway to Stenwood Elementary School is visible on the right side and remains open. (October 25, 2021)
Crews have completed removal of the old Gallows Road Bridge deck over the Dunn Loring Metrorail Station. (November 22, 2021)
New Shared-Use Path
A 10-foot-wide shared-use path is being built parallel to I-66 from Dunn Loring to Centreville as part of the project, with its eastern terminus at Gallows Road. This paved trail will provide cyclists and pedestrians with off-road access to Metrorail stations, parks, other trails, and communities stretching from Dunn Loring to Centreville. Sidewalks and bike lanes along Gallows Road will connect the new path to the nearby W&OD Trail. Learn more here.
Work begins on new bridge pier and abutments
|Noise wall removal and replacement begin||Early 2020|
|Bridge beam placement and road re-alignment construction begins||August 2020|
|Bridge for new northbound Gallows Road complete, traffic shifted||September 2021|
|Demolition of old bridge and construction of new southbound Gallows Road||September/October 2021|
|Gallows Road bridge complete, traffic shifted||Fall 2022|
|Express lanes open||December 2022|
|Segment 3_08 Dunn Loring - PDF, 10.625MB|
|Presentation to Stenhouse Place HOA (October 2019) - PDF, 2.1MB|
|Stenhouse Place Area Noise Wall Removal Flyer (April 2020) - PDF, 2MB|
|Briefing Presentation for Gallows Bridge Beam Lift (August 2020) - PDF, 10MB|
|Gallows Road Beam Lift Flyer - PDF, 2.4MB|
|Gallows Road Beam Lift Flyer - Spanish - PDF, 3.1MB|
|Gallows Road Shift and Bridge Demolition Postcard (September 2021) - PDF, 2.1MB|