I-66W widened to six lanes at Gainesville

LocalBy Dan Roem Source: Courtesy of The Gainesville Times FRIDAY, APRIL 9 2010

"Well Hallejuiah, there's more lanes."

Western Prince William Del. Bob Marshall (R-13th) underscored the sentiment of western Prince William County commuters after VDOT opened six westbound lanes of Interstate 66 on April 2.

Three lanes are designated for through traffic, eventually merging into two lanes along the way toward Haymarket.

Two lanes are for Exit 43A, which leads motorists south on U.S. 29 into Gainesville toward Warrenton.

The furthest right lane for Exit 43B is for northbound traffic heading toward U.S. 29 and Heathcote Boulevard.

The new westbound lanes mean more than just a quicker commute near Gainesville.

Bob Chase, president of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, called the project "another important missing link in the system in terms of of widening (I-66) out to Gainesville and ultimately beyond.”

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