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Headaches on the horizon

I-66 widening
Drivers will have to wait a few days longer to experience the widening of the westbound interstate between Manassas and Gainesville. The Virginia Department of Transportation hoped to have the new configuration in place Thursday afternoon, but the recent heavy rains delayed the preparations slightly. The new target for the opening is early next week.

Drivers will then have three regular lanes and one HOV lane from the 234 Bypass exit (Exit 44) through the Route 29 Gainesville exit (Exit 43).

This is part of the project that was stymied for a while by lack of funds for the overall congestion-relief effort. Then VDOT split it up into more manageable segments. Travelers often asked why the first phase of the widening in 2006 hadn't pushed through to Gainesville. The answer was that the state didn't have the money to do it at that point. It just built what it could afford.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 24, 2010; 7:20 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, VDOT  
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