About I-66 Corridor Improvements
Work is underway to transform Northern Virginia’s Interstate 66 into a multi-modal corridor that moves traffic and people quicker and in a more reliable way. VDOT and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) are actively evaluating improvements that would provide added capacity, and new options with more predictable travel times. Under the proposed plan, I-66 would be improved to provide:
- Three regular lanes in each direction
- Two express lanes in each direction
- High-frequency bus service with predictable travel times
- Direct access between the express lanes and new or expanded commuter lots
In July 2014, the team kicked off a year-and-a-half of environmental study and community involvement. By the end of 2016, the team is working to complete environmental work, identify funding sources, receive federal approval and begin construction in 2017.
I-66 Corridor Improvements Area
The project area is a 25-mile stretch of I-66, from U.S. Route 15 in Haymarket to I-495/Capital Beltway.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is continuing to explore the best way to procure the I-66 Outside the Beltway project and is considering a range of options. In May, the Secretary of Transportation reported that based upon preliminary analyses, it has been determined that there is a public financing solution for the Project. In addition, VDOT, as the responsible public entity, and in coordination with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and the Virginia Office of Public Private Partnerships, is continuing to explore the possibility of identifying a competitive public-private partnership (P3) solution and partner, if possible. As part of the P3 process, a new Advisory Committee will be constituted under the Public-Private Transportation Act (PPTA) in July 2015 before advancing a procurement under the PPTA. For more information about the process, please go to http://www.p3virginia.org/projects/interstate-66-corridor-improvements/.