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Info Session on I-66 Improvements Moved to Feb. 5

Drivers headed south on U.S. 29 in Gainesville now use an elevated bridge to cross train tracks. The new separated interchange is expected to stop frequent train vs. car collisions in the area. [Photo: Uriah Kiser / Potomac Local News]

Transportation officials postponed a meeting about improvements on Interstate 66, originally scheduled for tonight.

Statement from VDOT:

Due to icy conditions, the Virginia Department of Transportation is postponing tonight’s public meeting on strategies being considered to transform 25 miles of I-66 from the Beltway to Haymarket.

The new date for the meeting is:

Wed., Feb. 5, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Wyndham Garden Hotel, 10800 Vandor Lane, Manassas, VA 20109

The meeting comes as state transportation officials wanted information from the private sector and individuals on how to best improve travel conditions on the 25-mile stretch of I-66 between U.S. 15 in Haymarket and the Capital Beltway.

Some of the things the state is interested in receiving information on:

• Widen I-66 by building additional general purpose lanes that would not be tolled

• Convert the existing high occupancy vehicle lane into either a one or two lane (in each direction) facility that would be free to carpoolers, buses and emergency vehicles. The HOV lanes would operate similar to the I-495 Express Lanes, which were completed late 2012 or the I-95 Express Lanes, which are under construction.

• Locate a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in the median of I-66 extending west from Vienna to Haymarket.

The improvements are advertised under the state’s Office of Transportations Public-Private Partnerships.


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