VDOT News - Northern Virginia

RELEASE:

CONTACT:
IMMEDIATE

Michelle Holland 703-586-0487
Michelle.Holland@vdot.virginia.gov

NOVA-181567

July 23, 2021



Overnight Bridge Demolition Continues at I-66/Route 50 Interchange This Weekend (July 23-24) and Next Week (July 25- August 1); Multiple Nights of Closures, Stoppages Planned for I-66 East and West
Multiple ramp closures, detours will also be in place

FAIRFAX – Continued demolition of the old Route 50 East bridge over I-66 will require multiple nights of closures and traffic stoppages on I-66, along with associated ramp closures and detours, this weekend (July 23-24) and next week (July 25-August 1). The Route 50 Interchange is being rebuilt as part of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project.

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

Demolition Progress to Date:

  • Demolition of the old Route 50 West bridge over I-66 was completed on July 16.
  • Route 50 East traffic was shifted to a new bridge over I-66 on July 17.
  • Crews began demolition of the old Route 50 East bridge on July 18.

What’s Ahead This Weekend and the Week of July 25:

  • Demolition of the old Route 50 East bridge deck will begin with the use of jackhammers, saw cutters, and hoe rams. This will be followed by removal of steel bridge beams.
  • Demolition work will occur during overnight hours when over travel lanes of I-66. 
  • For updates on demolition progress, visit transform66.org/route50

What Drivers Should Expect:
(These planned closures are subject to change due to weather, demolition progress, and other factors.)

Friday, July 23; Tuesday, July 27; Wednesday, July 28; and Friday, July 30
I-66 East and West Between Monument Drive and Waples Mill Road

  • From around 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night traffic on I-66 East approaching Monument Drive will be reduced to a single lane and directed to cross over on to the I-66 West side of the roadway. Eastbound traffic will remain in this pattern until east of Route 50, where it will then cross back over to the I-66 East side of the interstate through a gap in the median barrier and resume normal travel. 
  • From around 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night traffic on I-66 West approaching Waples Mill Road will be reduced to a single right lane and remain on the right side of the interstate beyond Monument Drive. Westbound traffic will resume normal travel following the point where eastbound traffic crosses on to the westbound lanes. 
  • Two-way traffic on I-66 West will be separated by construction barrels and one closed travel lane. State police will be on-site to assist with traffic control. 
  • All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.

Ramp from Monument Drive to I-66 East/from I-66 West

  • The ramp from Monument Drive to I-66 East/from I-66 West will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

Ramp from I-66 East to Route 50 West

  • The ramp from I-66 East to Route 50 West will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.
  • Traffic will be detoured prior to the closure to Route 50 East, stay to the left and make a U-turn from the left-most left turn lane at the Waples Mill Road traffic signal on to Route 50 West. 

Saturday, July 24; Thursday, July 29; and Sunday, August 1
I-66 East at Route 50

  • Two lanes will be closed Saturday, July 24, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.; Thursday, July 29, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.; and Sunday, August 1, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Saturday, July 24, through Monday, July 26, and Thursday, July 29
I-66 West at Route 50

  • I-66 West travel lanes will be closed at Route 50 Saturday night from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., and Sunday, Monday, and Thursday nights from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • All westbound I-66 traffic will be directed to exit the interstate to Route 50 West, continue to Route 608 (West Ox Road) South, stay to the right to Route 50 East, then follow signs to I-66 West.
  • All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. (6 a.m. Sunday)

Ramp from Route 50 West to I-66 West

  • The ramp from westbound Route 50 to I-66 West will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. (6 a.m. Sunday) for removal of overhead bridge beams.
  • Traffic will be detoured farther west to West Ox Road South, stay to the right to Route 50 East, then follow signs to I-66 West.

Ramp from I-66 West to Route 50 East

  • The ramp from I-66 West to eastbound Route 50 will be closed nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. (until 6 a.m. Sundays)
  • Traffic will be directed to exit the interstate to Route 50 West, continue to West Ox Road South, then stay to the right to Route 50 East.

Saturday, July 31
I-66 West at Route 50

  • Two lanes will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • All lanes will reopen by 6 a.m.

Ramp from Route 50 West to I-66 West

  • The ramp will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Traffic will be detoured farther west to West Ox Road South, stay to the right to Route 50 East, then follow signs to I-66 West.

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

The I-66/Route 50 Interchange is being rebuilt to add Express Lanes access to and from the east and to construct a new shared-use path as part of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project.  

Construction and lane closure updates are available at Transform66.org and on Twitter @VaDOTNOVA. To receive updates automatically by email, sign up here.   

 

###



Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

Page last modified: July 23, 2021