I-66 work now overnight Wednesday-Thursday

The Virginia Department of Transportation has rescheduled work that will require the closure of Interstate 66 westbound in Fauquier County. Originally scheduled to begin tonight (Tuesday), the work will now occur overnight on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

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 ramp at mile 23 (Delaplane). Eastbound traffic will not be affected.

Since mid-June, VDOT contractor Martins Construction Corp. of Falls Church has been working to repair a damaged beam on the Route 723 (Ashville Road) bridge that spans I-66. During the overnight closures, a crew will install bridge components by crane and perform work to the underside of 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 about 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 fixed completion date. More information can be found here on VDOT’s website.

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