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April 27, 2021



Overnight Lane Closures, Traffic Stoppages, and Ramp Closures Continue on I-66 West and I-495 South This Weekend for Overhead Bridge Work at the I-66/I-495 Interchange
I-495 South traffic passing under I-66 will be shifted in to the 495 Express Lanes; Ramp from I-66 West to I-495 South will be closed to install bridge beams

FAIRFAX – Lane closures, traffic stoppages, and ramp closures will occur on I-66 West and I-495 South Friday night, April 30, and Saturday night, May 1, for continued bridge beam installation at the I-66/I-495 Interchange as part of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project.

Drivers traveling on I-495 South and I-66 West should expect delays as both interstates will be reduced to a single travel lane approaching the I-66/I-495 Interchange each night. Full traffic stoppages of up to 20 minutes will occur several times nightly, and there will be a short detour where all southbound I-495 traffic will be crossed over in to the 495 Express Lanes South. Drivers will not be charged for using the Express Lanes for the detour.    

The ramp from I-66 West to I-495 South will also be closed with a detour posted during this period. 

Drivers should consider using alternate routes during these times.

Details include:

Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1

I-495 South between Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) and I-66

  • I-495 South approaching I-66 will be reduced to one travel lane nightly from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Around 11:30 p.m., all I-495 South traffic will be crossed over into the southbound 495 Express Lanes under I-66 for a short distance before returning to the general purpose lanes. Drivers will not be charged for using the Express Lanes for the detour.    
  • Drivers should expect periodic stoppages of up to 20 minutes each night.
  • All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.

495 Express Lanes South approaching I-66

  • The southbound 495 Express Lanes will be closed nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Overhead variable message boards in the Express Lanes will direct traffic to an alternate route.

I-66 West at I-495

  • Westbound I-66 will be reduced to a single travel lane nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.

Ramp from I-66 West to I-495 South

  • The ramp will be closed from 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Traffic will be directed to continue farther west to Nutley Street, stay to the left on the ramp and turn left at the traffic signal onto Nutley Street South, then stay to the left and turn left at the traffic signal to I-66 East, and follow signs to I-495 South.
  • The ramp from I-66 West to the 495 Express Lanes South will remain open.

Ramp from I-66 West to 495 Express Lanes South

  • There will be brief stoppages of traffic on the ramp nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Ramp from I-66 East to 495 Express Lanes South

  • There will be brief stoppages of traffic on the ramp nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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

The I-66/I-495 Interchange is being modified with several new ramps and connections as part of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project. Improvements at the interchange include adding access to and from the existing 495 Express Lanes and the new I-66 Express Lanes, as well as building new connections between express and general purpose lanes. 

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

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