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I-66 Eastbound Direct Access Ramp to West Falls Church Metrorail Now Open

About the Project

W&OD Trail Bridge

The I-66 Eastbound Widening Project includes construction of a new Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail Bridge over Route 29 (Lee Highway) separating trail users from motorists at the signalized intersection of Route 29 and Fairfax Drive. The new bridge will improve operations at nearby intersections and enhance safety for both trail users and motorists. This section of the W&OD Trail serves approximately 1,500 trail users on weekdays and over 2,000 on weekends. On weekdays, the W&OD Trail is a significant commuter route, carrying a steady flow of cyclists in both directions, tying together much of the region’s trail network. On weekends, the trail is a prime recreational resource for thousands of cyclists, runners, walkers, and more.

The I-66 Eastbound Widening Project has also made improvements nearby on the Custis Trail in Bon Air Park by adding a roundabout where the Custis Trail passes under I-66. Learn more about this new trail feature

Trail Bridge Now Open

The trail bridge opened on March 12, 2021. Minor finishing work will occur during spring 2021. See photos of the new bridge below.

Looking south on Lee Highway



















Anticipated Schedule Dates
Begin Bridge Construction March 2019
Bridge Opens March 2021
Complete Improvements Below Bridge (Adjacent Ground Surface Trail) Late spring 2021
Complete Adjacent Landscaping December 2020

Resources
W&OD Trail Bridge Community Meeting - October 11, 2018
W&OD Trail Bridge Open House - June 13, 2017
W&OD Trail Bridge Public Meeting - May 2, 2017
W&OD Trail Bridge Public Workshop - April 5, 2017
W&OD Trail and Custis Trail Detours Information

Final Design

The final W&OD Trail Bridge design reflects extensive public and stakeholder feedback provided during a series of community meetings VDOT hosted in Spring 2017. Community members, local governments, and other stakeholders provided input on abutment aesthetics, pier shape/aesthetics, fence/railing, bridge color, and lighting. 


Looking south on Lee Highway
Looking south on Lee Highway
Southwest crosswalk view
Looking west from Fairfax Drive (fire lane)
Eastbound bridge deck view at dusk

Landscaping Plan


Project Progress Photographs (Updated Dec. 11, 2020)

View of the bridge and at-grade paved trail connection on the west side of Lee Highway
View of the bridge deck and early railing installation.
View of the bridge deck and early railing installation on west end of bridge
View of the bridge substructure.


View of the bridge substructure looking east from Lee Highway.

View of the bridge substructure looking east toward Lee Highway.

View of the bridge and at-grade paved trail connection on the west side of Lee Highway
View of trail bridge construction, new noise wall, and the new travel lane on I-66 East.





What to Expect During Construction

The project team will work to be a good neighbor, minimizing disruption for motorists, trail users, and the surrounding neighborhood. Given traffic levels and the tight area for construction, some impacts are impossible to avoid. 

Drivers

Bicyclists and Pedestrians

Neighbors