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Oct. 22, 2021



Demolition Activity on Old Gallows Road Bridge over I-66 to Begin on or about October 25; Gallows Road South Traffic Shifts to New Bridge on Sunday, October 24
Nightly lane closures planned on I-66 East and West approaching Gallows Road October 25-November 2

FAIRFAX Pre-demolition activities on the old Gallows Road Bridge over I-66 will begin during the overnight hours on or about Monday, October 25, with multi-lane closures in both directions on I-66. The Gallows Road Bridge is being replaced as part of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project.

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

Prior to the demolition activities, the southbound travel lanes on Gallows Road are planned to shift to the new Gallows Road Bridge over I-66 on Sunday evening, October 24, followed by opening the sidewalk on the new bridge on or about Tuesday, October 26. (Northbound Gallows Road travel lanes were shifted to the new bridge on October 14.) Pedestrian access will be maintained on the east side of Gallows Road and the new 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.

During the nightly closures next week, crews will prepare the old bridge deck for demolition by removing railing and fencing, and will construct a platform under the old bridge to protect the Metrorail Orange Line tracks and the Dunn Loring Metrorail Station. Overall demolition of the old Gallows Road Bridge is anticipated to take approximately 40 to 45 nights. Up-to-date information and lane closures related to this work can be found at the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project’s Gallows Road page.

What Neighbors Should Expect:

  • Pre-demolition activities will begin during the overnight hours on or about Monday, October 25.
  • 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, and the Metrorail Station and tracks can be closed to safely accommodate this work.
  • Demolition activities will occur during daytime hours when feasible to minimize impacts to the nearby communities.  
  • Demolition of the old bridge is anticipated to take approximately 40 to 45 nights of demolition.
  • For updates on demolition progress visit org/gallowsroad.

What Drivers Should Expect:

Monday October 25, through Thursday, October 28
I-66 West from I-495 to Gallows Road

  • Three lanes will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.
  • Drivers should expect periodic stoppages of up to 20 minutes during the overnight hours.
  • All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.

Ramp from I-495 South to I-66 West

  • The ramp will be reduced to one lane from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.
  • All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.

Ramp from 495 Express Lanes North to I-66 West

  • The ramp will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.
  • Overhead variable message boards will direct traffic to alternate routes.
  • The ramp will reopen by 5 a.m. daily (6 a.m. Sunday).

Friday, October 29, through Tuesday, November 2
I-66 East from Cedar Lane to Gallows Road

  • Three lanes will be closed Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.; Sunday night from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.; and Monday and Tuesday nights from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Drivers should expect periodic stoppages of up to 20 minutes during the overnight hours.
  • All lanes will reopen by 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and by 5 a.m. Monday and Tuesday. 

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

Drivers should be alert for changing traffic patterns on Gallows Road near I-66 as construction continues through 2022. Drivers are reminded to slow down and pay attention to lane markings and roadway signs at all times.

The Gallows Road Bridge over I-66 is being reconstructed as part of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project. The bridge is being lengthened, widened, raised, and shifted to the east to accommodate the new Express Lanes and provide room for future improvements along Gallows Road

Weekly updates will be available at Transform66.org and on Twitter @VaDOTNOVA. To receive updates automatically by email, sign up here

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