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DEMOLITION OF ROUTE 28 SOUTH BRIDGE OVER I-66 BEGINS FRIDAY NIGHT, OCT. 15. DETAILS.

About the Project

Route 28 Interchange

The Transform 66 Project will reconfigure the Route 28 Interchange to add Express Lanes access and improve traffic flow on both I-66 and Route 28.

The new design:

  • Builds a new overpass reconnecting Braddock Road and Walney Road providing direct access to and from I-66, as well as to Route 28 to and from the south. (Opened November 2020)
  • Improves traffic flow on Route 28 by removing traffic signals between Westfields Boulevard and Route 29 in Centreville. (Completed November 2020)
  • Shifts access to the ballfields at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to a new park access road from Stonecroft Boulevard north of the park. (Opened November 2019)
  • Adds access to and from the future Express Lanes from Route 28. (Opens December 2022)

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

Route 28 Bridge Demolition

Route 28 South traffic shifted to the new bridge over I-66 on October 14, and the final phase of demolition of the old Route 28 South crossing has begun. The Route 28 South Bridge will be removed in sections to allow for new bridge and ramps construction while keeping Route 28 open to traffic. Much of the bridge is directly over I-66 and will need to be demolished during the overnight hours (typically between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.) when multiple lanes can be closed on I-66 for the safety of motorists and work crews. Demolition work that does not occur over I-66 travel lanes will be completed during daytime hours, whenever possible. Demolition of the bridge is anticipated to take approximately 10 nights of work, depending on weather and other factors. 

Overnight Full Closures of I-66 East in Centreville Continue Through October 22 for Route 28 South Bridge Demolition

Full closures of I-66 East in the Centreville area will continue nightly through October 22 as crews remove beams as part of demolition of the old Route 28 South bridge over I-66. 

Wednesday through Friday nights (October 20-22), all lanes of I-66 East approaching Route 29 in Centreville will close nightly. Traffic will be detoured using Route 29 North and Route 28 North. Multiple I-66 ramps to/from Route 29 will also be closed during these nights.

Construction Progress Last Weekend (October 15-17):

  • Traffic shifted to the new Route 28 South bridge on Friday, October 15.
  • Crews completed demolition of the concrete bridge deck over I-66 East and West during the weekend of October 15-16, and began removing the old bridge beams over I-66 West Sunday, October 17.

What’s Ahead This Week (Through October 22):

  • The steel bridge beams over I-66 will be removed during the overnight hours Tuesday, October 19, through Friday, October 22.   

What Drivers Should Expect This Week:

Wednesday, October 20, through Friday, October 22
I-66 East at Route 29 Centreville

  • I-66 East will be closed at Route 29 in Centreville from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. each night.
  • All traffic will be directed to exit to Route 29, stay to the right to Route 29 North, continue north to the ramp to Route 28 North, then stay to the right and follow signs to I-66 East.
  • All lanes will reopen by 4 a.m.

Ramp from I-66 East to Route 29 South

  • The spur ramp to southbound Route 29 will be closed from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. each night.
  • Traffic will be directed to stay to the right to Route 29 North, then stay to the left and make a U-turn from the left-most left turn lane at the Trinity Parkway/Centrewood Drive traffic signal onto Route 29 South.

Ramp from I-66 East to Route 28 North

  • The ramp will be closed from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. each night.
  • Traffic will be directed to exit the interstate (prior to the Route 28 North exit) to Route 29 North, stay to the right and follow signs to Route 28 North.

Ramp from Route 29 North and South to I-66 East

  • The ramp will be closed from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. each night.
  • Southbound Route 29 traffic will be detoured farther south, stay to the left and make a U-turn at O’Day Drive onto Route 29 North, stay to the right to Route 28 North, then stay to the right and follow signs to I-66 East.
  • Northbound Route 29 traffic will be directed farther north to Route 28 North, then stay to the right and follow signs to I-66 East.

All work is weather dependent and may be rescheduled if inclement conditions occur.

Additional information about demolition and traffic closures will be provided through advisories and website updates prior to these overnight activities.

Drivers traveling through the interchange on Route 28 should be alert for changing traffic patterns. Construction-related detours and traffic pattern changes will continue through 2022 as crews rebuild the Route 28 Interchange to improve traffic flow on I-66 and Route 28, and provide access to and from the future I-66 Express Lanes. 

New Ramp from Route 28 South to I-66 East Now Open on Left Side of Route 28

Current loop ramp on right side will close through December 2021

A new ramp from Route 28 South to I-66 East opened Saturday morning, April 17. Drivers on Route 28 South will now stay to the left to access I-66 East using the new ramp. 

The current loop ramp from Route 28 South to I-66 East closed on Friday, April 16, and will remain closed through December 2021 to allow for continued construction activity. Traffic from Braddock Road traveling to I-66 East will continue farther south to the exit for Route 29 North, stay to the right for Route 28 North, and then stay to the right and follow signs to I-66 East. 

New Braddock Road/Walney Road Overpass Now Open with Direct Access from I-66 West and Route 28 North via New Ramps

The new Braddock Road/Walney Road overpass over Route 28 opened in November 2020, reconnecting Braddock Road and Walney Road and allowing limited access to and from Route 28 and I-66. Additional traffic pattern changes have been added during 2021 to allow additional movements and connections. Express Lanes access will be added later in the project.

Traveling on the Braddock Road/Walney Road overpass:

  • From Braddock Road on the west side, drivers can access Route 28 South, I-66 West, and I-66 East. Eastbound thru-travel to Walney Road became available on September 10, 2021.
  • From Walney Road on the east side, drivers can travel westbound across the overpass to reach Braddock Road, Route 28 South, and I-66 East and West.
  • There is no access to Route 28 North. Drivers should use the Westfields Boulevard Interchange.
  • The bridge is not yet open to pedestrians. The new Poplar Tree Road Bridge has a shared-use path that crosses Route 28.

Accessing the Braddock Road/Walney Road overpass:

  • From Route 28 North, access the new overpass by exiting to the left after crossing over I-66.
  • From I-66 West, access the new overpass by exiting toward Route 28 North, then stay to the left to use a new ramp to Braddock Road/Walney Road (opened in December 2020). At the top of the ramp, drivers can turn left onto Braddock Road to travel west, or turn right to head east onto Walney Road
  • From I-66 East, exit to Route 28 North, then stay left and follow signs to the left exit to Braddock Road/Walney Road.
  • Access from I-66 West to Route 28 North remains unchanged.
  • There is no access from Route 28 South. Drivers should use the Westfields Boulevard Interchange.

Overnight Full Closures of I-66 in Centreville Continue Through October 22 for Route 28 South Bridge Demolition

Full closures of I-66 in the Centreville area will continue nightly through October 22 as crews remove beams as part of demolition of the old Route 28 South bridge over I-66.

On Tuesday night, October 19, I-66 West approaching Route 28 will close, with through-traffic detoured to Route 28 North and Westfields Boulevard. The I-66 West ramp to Route 28 South will also be closed.   The I-66 West ramp to Braddock Road/Walney Road will remain open.

On Wednesday through Friday nights (October 20-22), all lanes of I-66 East approaching Route 29 in Centreville will close nightly. Traffic will be detoured using Route 29 North and Route 28 North.  Multiple I-66 ramps to/from Route 29 will also be closed during these nights.

Drivers traveling on I-66 during this time should expect delays and consider using alternate routes.

Construction Progress Last Weekend (October 15-17):

  • Traffic shifted to the new Route 28 South bridge on Friday, October 15.
  • Crews completed demolition of the concrete bridge deck over I-66 East and West during the weekend of October 15-16, and began removing the old bridge beams over I-66 West Sunday, October 17.

What’s Ahead This Week (Through October 22):

  • The steel bridge beams over I-66 will be removed during the overnight hours Tuesday, October 19, through Friday, October 22.   

What Drivers Should Expect This Week:

Tuesday, October 19
I-66 West at Route 28

  • I-66 West will be closed at Route 28 from 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.
  • All traffic will be directed to exit the interstate to Route 28 North, continue north to the westbound Westfields Boulevard exit, stay to the right to Route 28 South, then follow signs to I-66 West. 
  • The ramp to Braddock Road/Walney Road will remain open.
  • All lanes will reopen by 4:30 a.m. 

Ramp from I-66 West to Route 28 South

  • The ramp will be closed from 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.
  • Traffic will be directed to exit to Route 28 North, continue north to the westbound Westfields Boulevard exit, then stay to the right to Route 28 South. 

Wednesday, October 20, through Friday, October 22
I-66 East at Route 29 Centreville

  • I-66 East will be closed at Route 29 in Centreville from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. each night.
  • All traffic will be directed to exit to Route 29, stay to the right to Route 29 North, continue north to the ramp to Route 28 North, then stay to the right and follow signs to I-66 East.
  • All lanes will reopen by 4 a.m.

Ramp from I-66 East to Route 29 South

  • The spur ramp to southbound Route 29 will be closed from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. each night.
  • Traffic will be directed to stay to the right to Route 29 North, then stay to the left and make a U-turn from the left-most left turn lane at the Trinity Parkway/Centrewood Drive traffic signal onto Route 29 South.

Ramp from I-66 East to Route 28 North

  • The ramp will be closed from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. each night.
  • Traffic will be directed to exit the interstate (prior to the Route 28 North exit) to Route 29 North, stay to the right and follow signs to Route 28 North.

Ramp from Route 29 North and South to I-66 East

  • The ramp will be closed from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. each night.
  • Southbound Route 29 traffic will be detoured farther south, stay to the left and make a U-turn at O’Day Drive onto Route 29 North, stay to the right to Route 28 North, then stay to the right and follow signs to I-66 East.
  • Northbound Route 29 traffic will be directed farther north to Route 28 North, then stay to the right and follow signs to I-66 East.

Other Progress Toward the New Route 28/I-66 Interchange

  • The final traffic signal near the I-66/Route 28 Interchange, located on Route 28 South at Braddock Road, was removed in November 2020. Drivers may now travel more than 15 miles from south of Route 29 (Lee Highway) in Centreville to Route 7 (Harry Byrd Highway) in Sterling without any traffic signals.
  • Route 28 North shifted to a new bridge over I-66 in November 2020. The old Route 28 North bridge over I-66 will be demolished and replaced later in the project. Drivers traveling on the ramp from I-66 East to Route 28 North now merge onto Route 28 North from the left side of the roadway, with northbound traffic to their right.
  • In October 2020, a new ramp from I-66 West to Route 28 North opened about 500 feet east of (prior to) the old exit ramp. Drivers traveling to Route 28 South will continue in the right-most thru-lane – beyond the new exit to Route 28 North – to reach the existing exit ramp from I-66 West to Route 28 South.

  • The first new exit ramp and bridge at the I-66/Route 28 Interchange opened ahead of schedule in July 2020. The old loop ramp from I-66 East to Route 28 North closed permanently to allow for construction of new northbound Route 28 thru-lanes and additional ramps for the redesigned interchange. Drivers on I-66 East now exit to Route 28 North using a new flyover ramp, located prior to Route 28 and the old loop ramp.

Construction Update (Updated October 18, 2021)

Recent Construction Progress:

  • Route 28 North traffic has shifted to a new bridge over I-66.
  • Route 28 South shifted to a new bridge over I-66 on October 14. The new alignment for Route 28 South is slightly west of the existing southbound crossing over I-66. This shift allows demolition of the remainder of the old Route 28 South Bridge and construction of new bridge deck and ramp connections.
  • The second phase of the Route 28 South Bridge demolition began October 15.

Upcoming Construction Activities:

  • Construction of the remainder of the old Route 28 South Bridge continues.
  • The right-side ramp from Route 28 South to I-66 East will re-open in December 2021.
  • Construction of the remainder of the new Route 28 South Bridge will occur.
  • Additional ramps are being built between Route 28, I-66, and the new Express Lanes.

Work progresses on the shared-use path bridge over the ramp from I-66 West to Route 28 North in the Centreville area. (May 19, 2021)

Drivers heading south from the new Braddock Road/Walney Road overpass are temporarily separated from Route 28 South traffic by flexible posts. (May 19, 2021)

Work at the Route 28 Interchange includes reconstructing the ramp from I-66 West to Route 28 South. Cranes can be seen building piers for a new Route 28 South bridge over I-66. (June 29, 2021)

This photo provides a good look at the new ramps from Braddock Road to Route 28 South and I-66 East (on the left, and now also accessible from Walney Road) and to I-66 West (on the right, and now open). (June 29, 2021)

What Neighbors Can Expect

  • Overnight construction activities such as bridge demolition and pile driving will be avoided when possible. However, back-up alarms on equipment and trucks, which are necessary for the safety of construction crews, cannot be avoided at any time.
  • Lighting of the construction area during the nighttime hours will be directed to minimize light pollution for nearby residents.
  • Detours will be in place for extended periods of time to allow for construction.
  • Small-charge dynamite operations continue around the interchange to break up underground rock. Blasting activities generally occur between 11 a.m. and noon, are closely coordinated with safety regulators, and utilize seismic monitoring. Pre-blast structural surveys have been offered for nearby buildings. Contact FAM Construction for more information on these surveys.
  • Every effort will be made to communicate major traffic switches or nighttime work through project emails and the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway website.

What Drivers Can Expect

  • Construction-related detours will be in place periodically.
  • New traffic patterns will be implemented as construction progresses.
  • Drivers should slow down, stay focused, and be alert for construction crews.
  • Drivers should expect additional changes as work advances at the interchange. Sign up for project email updates to keep up-to-date.
  • Traffic stoppages will happen regularly around the interchange between 11 a.m. and noon to accommodate underground blasting.

Timeline

Anticipated Schedule Dates
Clearing activities begin Fall 2018
Bridge and retaining wall construction begin Spring 2019
Walney Road closure between Rt. 28 and Cabells Mill Dr. May 2019 to November 2020
E.C. Lawrence Park access road opens November 13, 2019
Walney Road-Braddock Road connector bridge opens November 25, 2020
Poplar Tree Road bridge over Route 28 opens November 21, 2020
Remaining traffic signals removed between Westfields Blvd. and Rt. 29 November 9, 2020
All traffic movements between Braddock Road/Walney Road connector bridge and Route 28 and I-66 general purpose lanes open September 2021
Express Lanes open December 2022

Resources

Concept plans (I-66) - PDF, 4.9MB
Concept plans (I-66) - PDF, 4.8MB
Concept plans (I-66) - PDF, 3.2MB
Concept plans (I-66) - PDF, 2.9MB
Cross sections - PDF, 26.6MB
Plan and profile - PDF, 40.2MB
Planned I-66 trails near Rt. 28 - PDF, 6.9MB
Upcoming traffic changes (May 2019) - PDF, 3.6MB
Changes to Ramp from Route 28 North to I-66 East (Nov. 2019) - PDF, 387KB
Centreville Area Construction Update Meeting Flyer - PDF, 6MB
Centreville Area Construction Update Meeting Handout (Nov. 18, 2019) -  PDF, 1.5MB
Centreville Area Construction Update Meeting Presentation (Nov. 18, 2019) - PDF, 2.1MB
Centreville Area Construction Update Meeting Boards (Nov. 18, 2019) - PDF, 7.1MB
Flyer for Route 28 South Partial Demolition (Feb. 23, 2021) - PDF, 2.6MB
Presentation to Cabell’s Mill Community Association (Feb. 2, 2021) - PDF, 2MB
Postcard for Route 28 South Bridge Demolition (September 14, 2021) - PDF, 1.5MB
Route 28 South Traffic Shift and Demolition Update Flyer (October 2021) - PDF, 2.2MB