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GALLOWS ROAD BRIDGE DEMOLITION RESUMES DEC. 8. LEARN MORE

About the Project

Gallows Road

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:

  • Straighten Gallows Road to improve sightlines for travelers
  • Add bike lanes and wider sidewalks in each direction on the bridge over I-66
  • Leave room for future widening of Gallows Road to the north toward Tysons
  • Connect to the new shared-use path being built along I-66

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 on Gallows Road Bridge Over I-66 Resumes Dec. 8

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:

  • On Wednesday, December 8, overnight demolition of the remaining bridge deck over I-66 West (Span 4) will resume. As a reminder, this work must occur during overnight hours (generally between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weeknights) when multiple travel lanes of I-66 can be closed for safety of workers and motorists. This work will involve hoe rams, jackhammers, and saw cutters.
  • Thursday night, December 9, crews plan to remove multiple beams over I-66 West (Span 4). This work involves saw cutters and cranes.
  • On Friday and Saturday nights, December 10 and 11, crews plan to begin demolition of concrete bridge deck of the northernmost part of the bridge (Span 5). Demolition is planned between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. and will involve hoe rams, jackhammers, and saw cutters. The extended hours on weekend nights help reduce the total number of nights of work required.

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

  • Three lanes will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. (7 a.m. Saturday)
  • Drivers should expect periodic stoppages of up to 20 minutes between 11 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m. Saturday)
  • All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. weekdays (7 a.m. Saturday).

Ramp from I-495 South to I-66 West

  • The ramp will be reduced to one travel lane from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. (7 a.m. Saturday)
  • All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. weekdays (7 a.m. Saturday).

Ramp from 495 Express Lanes North to I-66 West

  • The ramp will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. (7 a.m. Saturday).
  • Overhead signs will direct traffic to alternate routes. 
  • The ramp will reopen by 5 a.m. weekdays (7 a.m. Saturday).

Saturday, December 11
I-66 West from I-495 to Gallows Road

  • Two lanes will be closed from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • All lanes will reopen by 7 a.m.

Ramp from I-495 South to I-66 West

  • The ramp will be reduced to one travel lane from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • All lanes will reopen by 7 a.m.

All work is weather dependent, and schedules may shift if inclement conditions occur. 

Gallows Road Bridge Demolition Progress To Date:

  • Crews completed daytime operations demolishing the old concrete bridge deck over the Metrorail Orange Line and Dunn Loring Metrorail Station on November 19.
  • Crews began overnight demolition of the old bridge deck over I-66 West on November 30.

What Neighbors Should Expect During Demolition

  • Demolition work will begin with removal of the concrete bridge deck using jackhammers, saw cutters, and hoe rams, followed by removal of steel bridge beams. 
  • Most of the bridge is directly over I-66 or the Dunn Loring Metrorail Station and will need to be demolished during overnight hours when multiple lanes can be closed on I-66 to safely accommodate this work.
  • Demolition activities will occur during daytime hours when feasible to minimize impacts to the nearby communities.  

What Drivers Can Expect 

  • Gallows Road will remain open during construction, but there will be long-term and short-term traffic shifts and other traffic pattern changes during construction.
  • Drivers should expect additional changes as work progresses at the interchange. Sign up for project email updates to keep up to date.

Construction Update (Updated December 8, 2021)

Recent Construction Progress:

  • Gallows Road vehicle traffic shifted to the new bridge over I-66 on October 14 (northbound) and 24 (southbound)
  • New sidewalk along the east side of Gallows Road has opened, with pedestrian traffic crossing I-66 shifted to the east side of the bridge on October 28
  • Railing and fencing have been removed from the old bridge
  • Demolition of concrete bridge deck over the Dunn Loring Metrorail Station and Orange Line tracks is complete
  • Demolition of concrete bridge deck over I-66 West began November 30

 Upcoming Construction Activities:

  • Overnight demolition over I-66 West will resume the night of December 8, with hoe ramming, jackhammering, and saw cutting of concrete bridge deck
  • Crews plan to remove bridge beams the night of December 9, followed by bridge deck demolition of the northernmost portion of the bridge (Span 5) on December 10 and 11.
  • Demolition will continue including removal of the remaining bridge beams over I-66 West and the Metrorail station (anticipated to take 4-5 nights). Work will then progress to finish demolition of the northernmost bridge span during overnight and daytime hours (when feasible). This will repeat for the southern portion of the bridge
  • Demolition of bridge piers and abutments
  • Construction of new Gallows Road South Bridge

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.

Meeting Materials

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.

Timeline

Anticipated Schedule Dates
Work begins on new bridge pier and abutments
Summer 2019
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

Resources

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