Advocacy

I-66 Trail – Outside the Beltway

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I-66 Outside the Beltway Trail – Click to Enlarge

The Transform I-66 Outside the Beltway project includes plans for a parallel shared use trail from Gallows Road to Haymarket. If done well, the 25 mile bikeway (12 miles in Fairfax County), along with improvements at interstate crossings, will be a real asset to northern Virginia serving to increase access to public transportation, improve transportation options, bicycle connectivity and safety throughout the I-66 corridor.

Originally, no trail was included in the project. FABB successfully advocated for inclusion of a parallel multi-use trail and biking and walking improvements at all highway crossings as an integral part of the multi-modal project. FABB continues to work with VDOT, FCDOT and local officials to ensure they build the best possible trail.

The terms of the I-66 contract with the private-sector partner are laid out in the Technical Requirements and Comprehensive Agreement. Searching the documents for “bicycle” will quickly direct you to key sections.

Latest Info

Currently in the design phase, VDOT is working to reduce the amount of trail that is inside the soundwall and alongside the interstate. FABB has been told that where the trail is not immediately adjacent to homes, they are working to put the trail on the neighborhood side of the sound wall. The last time FABB was updated by VDOT, there were 2-3 miles of the trail still on the highway side, down from 5 miles.

VDOT recently announced they will be constructing a taller, 50-inch tall concrete barrier when the trail is on the highway side of the noise wall. This is a credit to bicycling advocates who have been demanding a safer barrier from highway traffic.

Join FABB on February 20 to hear the latest I-66 Trail update.  VDOT representatives will be on hand to provide the latest details on trail design, funding and construction schedule.  The meeting will be held at 7:30pm at the Providence Community Center.

How you can help

  • Attend FABB’s February meeting to hear the latest I-66 Trail developments from VDOT representatives. The meeting will be at 7:30pm,  February 20 at the Providence Recreation Center, 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax.
  • Express your support I-66 bicycle improvements and ask for a better trail design by contacting:
    • Your Fairfax County Supervisor. Who’s my Supervisor?
    • VDOT’s Megaprojects Director, Susan Shaw, by email to [email protected] or mail to VDOT Northern Virginia District Office, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. Reference “Transform 66 Outside the Beltway” in the subject line.
  • Stay informed by signing up for FABB newsletter and alerts.