The Washington Times - December 5, 2011, 07:23PM

A two-mile auxiliary lane on westbound Interstate 66 was to open by 7 p.m. on Monday, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced, providing Northern Virginia with the first of three planned spot improvement along the perpetually congested corridor.

“All motorists heading west out of Arlington will find a slightly smoother commute, and hopefully gain a little more time off the road,” Mr. McDonnell said. “Through improvements like this one we are continuing to make progress in getting traffic moving again in the Commonwealth.”


The $14 million improvement took 18 months to complete; future improvements are planned from Haycock Road to Westmoreland Street and from Lee Highway to Glebe Road. The estimated costs for those projects is $49.6 million.

Rep. Frank R. Wolf, who worked with former Rep. Thomas M. Davis III to get initial funding for the project, also hailed its opening.

“This is the first step in a three-part process to keep traffic moving on I-66,” Mr. Wolf said. “We need to continue to be innovative in how we approach dealing with congestion in the region and this is a prime example.”