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Background

I-66 History:

  • 1959:

    Interstate 66, running from Interstate 81 to Washington, D.C., included on National Interstate Map.


  • 1967:

    Virginia agrees to delay construction while Metro line in the median is planned.


  • 1970:

    Arlington citizens file lawsuit to block construction. District court dismisses case.


  • 1972:

    Federal court in Richmond bars construction until environmental impact study prepared and hearings held.


  • 1974:

    In July, a final environmental impact study submitted, proposing an eight-lane limited access expressway from the Capital Beltway to the area near Spout Run Parkway. Six lanes would branch off at the Parkway and cross the Potomac via a proposed Three Sisters Bridge. Another six lanes would branch off to the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge. In November, a modified design is submitted, and eight lanes reduced to six.


  • 1975:

    Six-lane design disapproved.


  • 1977:

    On Jan. 4, 1977, Secretary of Transportation William T. Coleman Jr. approved federal aid for construction of the controversial interstate from the Capital Beltway to the District of Columbia. I-66 was approved as a four lane, limited-access highway with Metrorail from Vienna in the median. Heavy-duty trucks were excluded, and during peak hours, traffic in the peak direction was limited to buses, automobiles with four occupants, emergency vehicles and traffic to and from Dulles Airport.


  • 1982:

    Roadway completed between Capital Beltway and the Roosevelt Bridge.


  • 1983:

    PL 98-205 lowers HOV requirement to three for one-year trial period.


  • 1984:

    Dulles Connector opens linking I-66 with Dulles Airport Access Road.


  • 1986:

    Metro's Orange Line opens to Vienna.


  • 1992:

    In September, the Commonwealth Transportation Board approves resolution permitting motorcycles to use I-66.


  • 1994:

    Section 346 of Fiscal Year 1995 Department of Transportation (DOT) Appropriations Act permits traffic in high-occupancy vehicle to only have two people for one-year trial period.


  • 1999:

    Section 361 of the Fiscal Year 1999 U.S. DOT Appropriations Act (PL 105-277):
    • Provided Virginia with the authority to determine HOV restrictions applicable to I-66. Use of the Dulles Connector by vehicles going toa and from the airport were not affected.


    • Arlington Mr. Ferguson asks VDOT to study additional westbound access points


    • U. S. Rep. Frank Wolf recommends westbound widening (3 lanes) from Spout Run Parkway


    • Gov. James Gilmore announces plan to widen in both directions


    • Section 357 of the FHWA FY 2000 Appropriations Act (House Bill 2084) eliminates the overall Coleman Decision as follows:


      • (a) Notwithstanding the January 4, 1977, decision of the Secretary of Transportation that approved construction of Interstate Highway 66 between the Capital Beltway and Rosslyn, Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, in accordance with existing Federal and State law, shall hereafter have authority for operation, maintenance, and construction of Interstate Route 66 between Rosslyn and the Capital Beltway, except as noted in paragraph (b)


      • (b) The conditions in the Secretary's January 4, 1977 decision, that exclude heavy duty trucks and permit use by vehicles bound to or from Washington Dulles International Airport in the peak direction during peak hours, shall remain in effect.


    SJR 411, calling for study of widening I-66, passed by 2001 General Assembly.

    In March, TCC adopts resolution identifying specific elements for study scope.

    In April, the Transportation Planning Board (TPB) adds study to be a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to FY 2002 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) conformity input.

    In October, TPB amends the DEIS into the FY01 TIP to expedite study initiation.


  • 2003:

    Study deleted from VDOT Six Year Plan and from TPB TIP. On June 18, 2003, congressmen Wolf and Davis requestthat westbound I-66 inside the beltway be widened from Rosslyn Tunnel to Dulles Connector.


  • 2004:

    On Sept. 4, 2003, Gov. Mark R. Warner directs VDOT to work with FHWA to conduct a study looking at four initial concepts for westbound I-66.

    In April, the federal earmark for I-66 study allocated by FHWA.

    On May 10, 2004, Commissioner Philip Shucet commits VDOT to work with FHWA to study concepts on westbound I-66 utilizing Context Sensitive Solutions.

    On July 1, 2004, I-66 Inside the Beltway Study began.


  • 2005:

    Study completed in June.

    Commonwealth Transportation Board approval to proceed with spot improvements July 2005.


  • 2006:

    On Jan. 12, 2006, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority recommended moving forward with spot improvements.

    On Jan. 18, 2006, the Transportation Planning Board approved the $9.6M funding for spot improvements.

    In March 2006, VDOT began conducting a boundary survey of the right of way and property lines adjacent to I-66, as well as a topographic survey to obtain ground elevations. Right-of-Way verification completed in December.

 

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