Major work underway to revamp I-66 underway may soon extend to a bridge and road on the border of Vienna.
Plans to demolish and rebuild Cedar Lane’s bridge over I-66 and the Metro tracks are a part of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s multi-year Transform 66 project.
Susan Shaw, VDOT, and Nancy Smith with FAM provided the Town Council an update on the bridge project last night (Monday).
While nothing has been finalized yet, the bridge will likely get demolished and rebuilt this summer to take advantage of the Orange Line Metro shutdown, they said.
“We’re still having this dialogue so a final decision isn’t made,” Shaw said.
Currently, the lack of a right-hand shoulder on I-66 is creating safety concerns, Smith said.
VDOT is currently looking at move forward with single-phase construction, which would last for six months, Smith told the council, adding that three-phase construction that would last at least 28 months is also an option.
“It would allow us to take full advantage of WMATA’s shutdown,” she said, adding that the goal is to demolish and rebuild the bridge as quickly as possible.
The single-phase construction would require a detour for drivers and pedestrians for the entire six months, Smith said, noting that this option would have fewer impacts on I-66.
Smith said that an analysis of a six-month closure of the bridge found that two-thirds of the traffic on is cut-through traffic between the City of Fairfax and Tysons, while one-third of the traffic is local.
Smith said that a different detour would be in place for the roughly 40 pedestrians and 20 bicyclists who currently use the bridge every day.
Smith said that the two Fairfax Connector routes that use the bridge would need to be rerouted for a six-month closure.
The bridge is just one of several projects in the area, including:
- work on new Vaden Drive bridge
- construction of new Gallows Road bridge
- work on pedestrian and shared-use path along Nutley Street
“Obviously, Cedar Lane construction won’t happen in a vacuum,” Smith said. “There’s a lot of other construction happening on the corridor simultaneously.”
Work is set to start on the Cedar Lane Bridge in May, Smith said. The new bridge would aim to open by mid-November.
Once the bridge is closed for construction, Smith said that commuters can expect congestion to increase.
People interested in learning more about the single-phase construction can expect a meeting at Thoreau Middle School in late March, Smith said.
Image (1) via Google Maps, image (2) and maps via Town of Vienna