I-66 closings starting tonight
The Dulles Metrorail construction is going to shut westbound Interstate 66 at the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) starting tonight and continuing overnights through Saturday.
The closings will occur between midnight and 5 a.m., so they shouldn't be a major problem for traffic, but they will involve an extensive detour.
Drivers bound for destinations along I-66 west of Arlington County will be detoured to the Dulles Connector Road westbound, then onto southbound Route 123 south toward Tysons Corner. Drivers then will take a right onto the ramp to the Capital Beltway's outer loop, toward Richmond. Drivers can then rejoin I-66 from the Beltway.
If you're heading west on I-66 and your destination is just inside the Beltway, it would be best to exit the interstate before reaching the split for the Dulles Connector Road. If you're heading for Falls Church or the Idylwood area, for example, the project managers suggest that you exit before the detour and use Route 29/Washington Street to connect with Broad Street (Route 7).
Eastbound I-66 will remain open throughout the work. In the zone where the closing will occur, workers are building large concrete structures between piers over the Interstate. These are going to support the new rail tracks that will lead from the Orange Line through Tysons Corner and out to Reston in the first stage of the Dulles Metrorail project, scheduled to be completed in 2013.
| September 23, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
Categories: Advisories, Construction, Driving | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Metrorail
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