VDOT's official plan will expand I-66 significantly into our community
The planned construction period is overnight demolition/construction adjacent to our homes from 2017 through 2021. The existing trees and green areas will be removed to make way for a widened Interstate 66 with high occupancy/toll lanes.
The neighborhood I-66 meeting with VDOT held on Saturday March 21 was well attended. Approximately 300 interested homeowners were in attendance, including several elected Fairfax County and State legislator officials who represent our district. Thank you to all who came to the meeting.
See the latest news about the I-66 tranformation project and its impacts.
See the official VDOT I-66 Transformation website.
NBC News 4 Coverage of Homeowner Meeting with VDOT
Watch NBC News 4 coverage of the HOA meeting at NBC 4 Washington
NBC News 4 Coverage of I-66 Widening Project
Watch NBC Channel 4's Broadcast on I-66 Widening Impacts
Message from your 53rd District Delegate: Delegate Simon has created an online page to get constituent comments about the I-66 project (link to page). Our goal is to share it with VDOT and to in turn share any news/information we may hear about the project.
Virginia’s Proposed I-66 “Transformation” will have a Severe Impact on Dunn Loring Village and its Residents
• Virginia now has public/private funding (tolls) lined up to widen I-66 from Haymarket to I-495 and plans to do so very soon.
• The Commonwealth intends to finish engineering/analysis of alternatives and select a project alternative this year, starting construction in 2017.
• The construction will take place 2017-2021 if their schedule holds. This is one of Governor McAuliffe’s initiatives to improve transportation on I-66 and Northern Virginia.
Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Proposed I-66 Project
• There are two alternatives under consideration, 2A and 2B.
• The alternatives are not mutually exclusive, they can mix and match ideas from each--but biggest difference is 2A has rapid transit in median and 2B does not. However on their plans, 2B affects DLV more even though it affects fewer land parcels overall. Each involves building new Toll Lanes in each direction.
• The plan for 2B includes a flyover ramp that would allow eastbound traffic to exit the rightmost regular lane via an overpass across the WMATA tracks and land in the new express lane. The current plans shows this flyover parallel to DLV. It also includes a wider RoW, coming very close to houses on Knollside, Dellway, and Stone Hollow and possibly consuming the running path.
• Both 2A and 2B plans include a "storm water management" (SWM) feature that is basically a large pond with a berm, fence, and additional RoW around it. This pond would be situated approximately where our east playground is today. From the maps provided, the Long Branch bridge would likely no longer be available to the community, if it is allowed to exist.
• In May 2015, VDOT plans to hold an official environmental impact meeting and make a decision of the alternative and amendments.
• After the May meeting, VDOT will provide information about what parcels will be affected. VDOT is declining to provide any land taking details at this time.
• VDOT plans to negotiate with affected property owners in 2016. With eminent domain proceedings out of the way, the first phase of construction would involve knocking down the existing sound walls with jackhammers, heavy equipment, etc. Most construction would take place at night to avoid impacting traffic. As mentioned earlier, the expected construction duration is 4 years, assuming it can be finished on time.
• VDoT says "they will work with property owners." They say they will be "transparent and open," and they "value your input." They are also interested in enhanced bus service, carpooling, HOV-3, park and ride lots, and bike paths. They spoke at length about each, yet provided no actual details or information other than new Toll Lanes for highway vehicles.
• The current I-66 project, building electric arrows over each lane, will be completed this year and operate during the larger project.
• VDOT has no plans to widen I-66 inside the Beltway, but these plans have significant impacts and land taking outside of the Beltway.
For more information about this project, visit the VDOT website at: http://www.transform66.org
See the I-66 project maps for Dunn Loring Village at:
See the public VDOT Meeting on I-66 widening
(Watch VDOT’s silent reaction to a question on the severe I-66 project impacts specific to Dunn Loring Village on this video at time 44:20)''
I-66 Outside the Beltway Public Information Meeting
Learn more about Transform 66 Outside the Beltway project at www.Transform66.org