Gannett Fleming’s Construction Management (CM) team in Virginia won a contract to provide technical oversight for the new construction and widening of Interstate 66 in Northern Virginia. The team will work in collaboration with a consortium of stakeholders known as 66 Express Mobility Partners, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.
Gannett Fleming – serving as technical advisor – will provide oversight in the development, design, construction, financing, operation, and maintenance of the project. Specifically, the CM team will deliver construction quality oversight and construction quality verification testing.
“Coordination of this pursuit between the varying practices was crucial to this effort,” said Ray Deering, DBIA, CCM, a Gannett Fleming vice president and Virginia Construction Services area manager. “It’s a reflection of the commitment by leadership in the region and how we have been collaborating in Virginia over the past several years.”
This $2.3 billion project will widen the interstate for 22 miles, from the Capital Beltway (I-495) to Gainesville, Virginia. This will turn the existing highway into a multi-modal corridor for the future, helping to relieve the high volumes of congestion around Washington, D.C.
Commuters traveling on I-66 experience multiple changes in the number of available lanes as they travel through the Capital area. These changes cause increases and decreases in speeds and traffic volumes, which in turn cause accidents and unanticipated delays. Widening the lanes in areas where traffic encounters the most problems should alleviate these issues.
The addition of new, dynamically tolled express lanes – toll lanes available to drivers who choose to pay a toll, and free for vehicles with three or more people – will manage demand for the lanes and provide for reliable and faster trips. The project also includes new and improved bus service and transit routes, new and expanded Park and Ride lots, and interchange improvements to enhance safety and reduce congestion.
Work begins immediately with construction starting in March, and will run for the next four years. Specialty transportation inspection staff and subject matter experts from multiple design groups will rotate throughout this project.