RAMP FROM VIRGINIA CENTER BOULEVARD TO I-66 WEST CLOSED THROUGH EARLY JULY. DETAILS.

About the Project

Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) Interchange

Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) Interchange

Major reconstruction is planned for the Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) Interchange as part of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project. The new interchange design:

  • Provides access to and from the future Express Lanes from I-66 East and West
  • Improves safety at the interchange
  • Connects the City of Fairfax and the planned George Snyder Trail with the new shared-use path and neighborhoods in Oakton with a grade-separated trail through the Route 123 Interchange

Get a closer look at what’s planned through the Transform 66 Interactive Map.

Traffic Change at Route 123/I-66 Interchange

A long-term closure of the ramp from Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) North to I-66 East went into effect May 16. To reach I-66 East drivers now travel about 500 feet farther north of the old ramp and make a right turn at the traffic signal to use a temporary ramp that merges into the original ramp from Route 123 North to I-66 East. Two travel lanes will continue on Route 123 North and South through the interchange. This traffic pattern is anticipated to be in place through summer 2022 while construction of the Route 123/I-66 Interchange advances.

New Ramp from Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) South to I-66 West Now Open

The new permanent ramp from Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) South to I-66 West opened during the early morning hours on Wednesday, April 20. The temporary left turn and connector ramp from Route 123 South to I-66 West has been closed.

Drivers should expect the following traffic change pattern:

Ramp from Route 123 South to I-66 West

  • The new permanent ramp is on the right side of the roadway near the previous ramp’s location (see graphic below).
  • Drivers on Route 123 South will no longer be able to make a left turn at the traffic signal to reach I-66 West.

New Loop Ramp from Route 123 South to I-66 East is Now Open

The new, permanent loop ramp from Route 123 South to I-66 East is open. The current left turn to the temporary connector ramp from Route 123 South to I-66 East has been closed.

Drivers should expect the following new traffic pattern:

Ramp from Route 123 South to I-66 East

  • This new ramp is part of the final design of the reconstructed I-66/Route 123 Interchange.
  • Drivers on Route 123 South will no longer be able to make a left turn at the temporary traffic signal to reach I-66 East.

Construction Update (Updated May 18, 2022)

Recent Construction Progress:

  • Box culverts have been installed for shared-use path through the interchange
  • All I-66 East and West travel lanes shifted to new pavement on the right side (outer portion) of the roadway
  • Route 123 traffic over I-66 has shifted to the new Route 123 North Bridge (Northbound shifted in December 2020; Southbound shifted in January 2021)
  • Demolition of the old Route 123 bridges over I-66 is complete
  • Beams and deck have been installed for the new Route 123 South bridge
  • New ramps have opened for Route 123 North to I-66 West (opened November 2021), Route 123 South to I-66 East (opened March 2022), and Route 123 South to I-66 West (opened April 2022)

Upcoming Construction Activities:

  • Construction of approaches to new Route 123 South Bridge
  • Shift Route 123 South traffic to new bridge
  • Remaining I-66 traffic shifts to allow continued construction of the future I-66 Express Lanes in the center of the roadway 
  • Construction of shared-use path along I-66 (66 Parallel Trail) and into City of Fairfax (connection to George Snyder Trail)
  • Construction of new intersection between I-66 and Eaton Place 
  • Open Express Lanes and new ramps

Bridge deck is being constructed for the new Route 123 South bridge. (July 12, 2021)

Bridge deck is being constructed for the new Route 123 South bridge. (July 12, 2021)

Looking west toward the I-66 East travel lanes, which have been shifted to new pavement on the outside of the roadway to allow construction of new express lanes ramps. (July 12, 2021)

Looking west toward the I-66 East travel lanes, which have been shifted to new pavement on the outside of the roadway to allow construction of new express lanes ramps. (July 12, 2021)

Looking east from the Route 123 bridge toward a new storm water pond and the I-66 East travel lanes, which have been shifted to new pavement on the outside of the roadway. (July 12, 2021)

Looking east from the Route 123 bridge toward a new storm water pond and the I-66 East travel lanes, which have been shifted to new pavement on the outside of the roadway. (July 12, 2021)

Aerial view of the Route 123 area

Aerial view of the Route 123 area. (March 22, 2022)

What Neighbors Can Expect

  • Noisy construction activities such as bridge demolition and pile driving will be avoided at night, when possible. Noise to expect at night includes back-up alarms on equipment and trucks, which is necessary to protect worker safety.
  • Lighting of the construction work area will be directed to minimize light pollution for nearby residents.
  • Project emails and website will be used to communicate major traffic switches or nighttime work.

Timeline

Anticipated Schedule Dates
Clearing activities begin Spring 2018
Traffic pattern shifts begin April 2019
Ramp and bridge work begin Summer 2019
Demolition of ramp from I-66 West to Route 123 South January-February 2020
Traffic shifts to new Route 123 bridge span
December 30, 2020
Demolition of old Route 123 bridge span January-February 2021
Construction of second Route 123 bridge span begins Winter 2021
Express Lanes open December 2022

Resources

Concept plans (I-66) - PDF, 13.7MB
Concept plans (Route 123) - PDF, 12.6MB
Cross sections - PDF, 16.9MB
Plan and profile - PDF, 36.4MB
Planned I-66 trails near Route 123 - PDF, 1.5MB
Upcoming traffic changes (April 2019) - PDF, 424KB
Upcoming traffic changes (July 2019) - PDF, 396KB
Construction Update Meeting on September 4, 2019 Flyer - PDF, 1.3MB
Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) South Flyover Ramp Demolition - January 2020, - PDF, 5.6MB
Traffic Pattern Changes for I-66 East to Route 123 North on February 21 - Website
Traffic Changes at Route 123/I-66 Interchange Starting on or about March 21 - Website
Flyer on Rose Forest Drive Closure and Detour (September 2020) - PDF, 1.7MB
Route 123 Bridge Demolition Flyer (December 21, 2020) - PDF, 2MB


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