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Jan. 30, 2015

Crane lifting steel bridge beams for three nights

ARLINGTON—Drivers can expect one lane of westbound I-66 to be closed nightly at Westmoreland Street from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 5-7). According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, crews will use a crane on Westmoreland St. under I-66 to lift and move steel beams for bridge widening.

Flaggers for the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority will also temporarily stop Metro train traffic during the lifts for safety.

Arlington residents near Westmoreland and I-66 will hear periodic crane noise during the lifts, magnified by the work’s location under the overpass. VDOT apologizes for this inconvenience and thanks residents for their patience during these three nights.

The bridge work is part of a $23 million project to improve westbound I-66 inside the Beltway by connecting the Washington Boulevard on-ramp to the off-ramp at the Dulles Airport Access Road, creating a new one-mile stretch of auxiliary lane. A new 12-foot shoulder will have full-strength pavement capable of carrying traffic during emergencies. The project is expected to be complete this summer.

A similar project completed in December 2011 extended the acceleration lane at Fairfax Drive to the deceleration lane at Sycamore Street, creating a continuous lane of almost two miles between the two ramps.

A third project between Lee Highway and Glebe Road is planned but not yet fully funded for construction.


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