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I-66 Corridor Improvements

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in coordination with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), will upgrade I-66 outside the Beltway to include:

  • Three regular lanes in each direction;
  • Two express lanes in each direction from I-495 (the Capital Beltway) to Gainesville (University Boulevard);
  • New and expanded transit service and park-and-ride lots; and
  • Interchange improvements to enhance safety and reduce congestion, including auxiliary lanes between interchanges, where needed.

The improvements will provide new travel choices, while enhancing transportation safety and travel reliability.

About I-66 Express Mobility Partners 

I-66 express mobility partners
I-66 Express Mobility Partners (EMP) is a consortium of two of the world’s most experienced public-private infrastructure companies – Cintra and Meridiam Infrastructure.

The design-build team for the project, FAM Construction, is a joint venture between Ferrovial Agroman US and Allan Myers, VA, Inc.

How Express Lanes Work

The proposed express lanes would be dynamically-priced toll lanes that are designed to provide a reliable, faster trip. Drivers traveling with three or more occupants would be considered high occupancy vehicles, and could use the express lanes for free at any time.

Transit Options: A Key Priority

A transit and transportation demand management (TDM) planning process is underway by VDOT and DRPT in coordination with the development of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project. The transit/TDM recommendations, which are integral to the overall Project, are focused on the following objectives:

  • Efficient use of public transportation infrastructure and services
  • Reduction in congestion
  • Increase in the availability and reliability of travel choices
  • Improvement in the attractiveness, reliability and quality of transit
  • Increase in park-and-ride space supply, convenience and availability
  • Effective use of the region’s developed and emerging managed lanes network, including I-66, I-495, I-395 and I-95 through Integrated Corridor Management (ICM)

For additional information, please see the transit exhibits from the Public Information Meetings that were held in January and February 2015.

Transportation Management Plan (TMP)

A Transportation Management Plan (TMP) consists of strategies to manage the work zone impacts of a project. The goals of the Transform66 TMP include: maintaining mobility during construction; enhancing public & worker safety; and, providing reliable information so travelers can better plan their trips throughout the construction zone. The Transform 66 strategies include;

  • Fare reductions and incentives for using buses, vanpools, carpools
  • Teleworking during construction
  • Enhanced incident response capacity in the workzone to clear accidents quickly and safely
  • Increased monitoring and management of the local road network impacted by changes in traffic flow during construction
  • Timely information about the construction projects and the current impacts on travelers

Click here for the Transform 66 TMP.

Environmental Analysis

Learn about the Tier 1 and Tier 2 Environmental Analyses for the I-66 Corridor Improvements.