Next week, westbound I-66 to be closed two nights

The Virginia Department of Transportation will close Interstate 66 westbound in Fauquier County next Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night for work to the Route 723 (Ashville Road) bridge over I-66.

During the closure, westbound motorists will be diverted off I-66 at exit 27 to Route F-185 (Grove Lane) and will reenter the interstate using the entrance ramp at mile 23 (Delaplane). Eastbound traffic will not be affected.

Since mid-June, VDOT contractor Martins Construction of Falls Church has been working to repair a damaged beam on the Route 723 bridge. The overnight closures are necessary for installation of bridge components by crane and other work to be performed under the bridge.

The damage was identified during a December 2013 inspection and required VDOT to narrow the bridge from 24 to 18 feet for safety. The bridge will be restored to its full width once this project is complete.

The Route 723 bridge was built in 1960 and carries approximately 1,100 vehicles per day.

Martins Construction Corp. was awarded the $491,732 contract for this project in January. The work has an Aug. 1 completion date. More information at

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