I-66 West Overnight Closures, Detour in Centreville Area Planned Jan. 27 – Feb. 1

About the Project

Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail Station Area

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:

  • Rebuilding Vaden Drive Bridge (opened November 2020)
  • 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 Bridge Reconstruction

The reconstructed Vaden Drive Bridge over I-66 opened to traffic in November 2020, reconnecting Saintsbury Drive with Country Creek Road/Virginia Center Boulevard near the Vienna-Fairfax/GMU Metrorail Station. Ramps are being built for Express Lanes access to and from the west.

Vaden Drive Bridge reconstruction included a full-closure of the bridge from October 2019 to November 2020, which shortened the time needed to demolish and rebuild the bridge. This substantially reduced the number of months that commuters and project neighbors were impacted by construction. 

The new, wider bridge includes a shared-use path on the east side (opened December 2020) and wider sidewalk on the west side (planned to open winter 2022).

Vienna Metro Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements

VDOT and Fairfax County are working jointly to improve bicycle and pedestrian access in the area of the Vienna Metrorail Station. Construction of this series of improvements along Country Creek Road/Virginia Center Boulevard between Sutton Road and the ramp to westbound I-66, and along Sutton Road between Blake Lane and Country Creek Road is planned to begin in summer 2024. Learn more about this multi-agency project here.

Construction of interim improvements is planned to begin in fall 2022 to coincide with Transform 66 Project progress. Learn more about these improvements in this presentation.

Ramp from I-66 West to Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail Station to Close for Approximately Three Weeks Beginning Friday Night, January 21

A long-term closure of the ramp from westbound I-66 to Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail Station (exit to Country Creek Road and Virginia Center Boulevard) will begin Friday, January 21, at 11 p.m. for utility work and remain closed for approximately three weeks.     

Drivers will travel farther west and be detoured around the closure via Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) South and I-66 East. As an alternative, motorists can exit the interstate to Nutley Street (prior to the ramp closure), stay to the right to Nutley Street North, then stay to the left and turn left at the traffic signal onto Virginia Center Boulevard.

Details include:

Ramp from I-66 West to Vienna/Fairfax/GMU Metrorail Station (Country Creek Road and Virginia Center Boulevard)

  • The ramp will be closed beginning Friday, January 21, at 11 p.m. and remain closed continuously for approximately three weeks for utility work.
  • Traffic will be directed to continue farther west to the exit to Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road), stay to the left and turn left at the traffic signal onto Route 123 South, stay to the left and turn left at the traffic signal to I-66 East. Traffic will exit I-66 East at Nutley Street, stay to the left and turn left at the traffic signal to Nutley Street North, then stay to the left and turn left at the traffic signal to Virginia Center Boulevard. 
  • As an alternative, drivers can exit the interstate to Nutley Street (prior to the ramp closure), stay to the right to Nutley Street North, then stay to the left and turn left at the traffic signal onto Virginia Center Boulevard.

Ramp from I-66 West to Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail Station

Construction Update (Updated January 10, 2022)

Recent Construction Progress:

  • I-66 West traffic shifted to right side (outer portion) of roadway between Gallows Road and Nutley Street
  • All beams have been set for the Express Lanes ramps at Vaden Drive
  • Bridge opened to traffic November 24, 2021
  • Shared-use path completed and opened on east side of Vaden Drive December 11, 2021
  • Vaden Drive entrances to parking garages rebuilt and reopened

Upcoming Construction Activities:

  • Building sidewalk on west side of Vaden Drive (Winter 2022)
  • Building ramps on west side of bridge to and from the Express Lanes (Construction 2021-2022)

Piers are being constructed for ramps to Vaden Drive from the future I-66 East Express Lanes. (May 19, 2021)

Piers are being constructed for ramps to Vaden Drive from the future I-66 East Express Lanes. (May 19, 2021)

Concrete bridge decks are in place for new ramps that will connect the new Vaden Drive bridge to the future Express Lanes to and from the west. (October 20, 2021)

Concrete bridge decks are in place for new ramps that will connect the new Vaden Drive bridge to the future Express Lanes to and from the west. (October 20, 2021)

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 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

Timeline

Anticipated Schedule Dates
Saintsbury Drive ramp closed permanently September 5, 2019
Traffic shifts begin on I-66 Fall 2019
Vaden Drive Bridge over I-66 closed for reconstruction October 18, 2019 
Nutley Street Interchange construction impacts begin Summer 2020
New Vaden Drive Bridge opened November 24, 2020
Express Lanes open with ramps to/from Vaden Drive December 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
Vaden Drive Bridge Detours - PDF, 1.9MB
Vaden Drive Bridge Construction Update (10/09/2020) - PDF, 2.8MB
Presentation to Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling on Vienna Metro Area Trail (July 21, 2021) - PDF, 715KB

Archived Resources

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 Construction Update (10/15/2019) - PDF, 2.4MB
Vaden Drive Bridge Construction Update (12/10/2019) - PDF, 1.7MB
Vaden Drive Bridge Construction Update (9/24/2020) - PDF, 1.6MB
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
Upcoming Construction Adjacent to Vienna Station Community, February 2020 - PDF, 4.7MB


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