I-66 widening completed on time, on budget

WASHINGTON — After more than two years of work, a four-mile stretch of Interstate 66 has been widened.

The work took place between Route 15 in Haymarket and Route 29 in Gainesville, Virginia.

One regular lane and one HOV lane have been added in each direction, doubling capacity on a section of highway that the Virginia Department of Transportation says handles about 52,000 vehicles a day.

The project included adding an additional left turn lane on the westbound ramp to Route 15, putting up two new bridges over the highway, and installing things like new sound barriers and lighting.

VDOT says the $64.5 million project was finished on time and on budget.

Its completion means three regular lanes and one HOV lane are now available to drivers in each direction for 25 miles between the Capital Beltway and Route 15.

Michelle Basch

Michelle Basch is a reporter and anchor at WTOP.

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