Construction underway on Rosslyn Tunnel

Construction is underway on the Rosslyn Tunnel in Virginia. Here’s what the impact may be to your commute.

The work takes places on the tunnel that carries Interstate 66 under North Nash Street, Fort Myer Drive, North Lynn Street and Gateway Park, the Virginia Department of Transportation said in a news release. The aim of the project is to “improve safety and extend the overall life of the tunnel.”

Lane closures associated with the construction will mainly occur during overnight hours, but at least one lane of I-66 in each direction will remain open at all times, VDOT said.

Work includes removing the existing tunnel ceiling, upgrading electrical systems, installing a fireproofing system, repairing steel beams and replacing tunnel lighting.

The project is estimated at $37.7 million and is scheduled to be completed in summer 2025.

The tunnel, which opened to traffic in 1983, is nearly a fifth of a mile long and averages 64,000 vehicles a day, VDOT said.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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