Route 606 widening project to begin next fall

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Relief is on the way for commuters in a busy section of Loudoun County. The highway will be widened from two to four lanes for 5.3 miles between Evergreen Mills Roads and the Dulles Greenway. Construction on the $106.1 million project is set to begin in fall 2014 and be completed in about three years.

Virginia Department of Transportation will contribute about $40.5 million for the project; Loudoun will pitch in approximately $41.2 million and the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA) will add about $24.4 million. MWAA also will contribute 56 acres of land for the project if it gets approval from its board of directors. MWAA’s potential acre contribution is valued at approximately $12 million.

According to a news release, Route 606 handles about three times the volume of traffic considered acceptable. Planning for the widening of Route 606 has been ongoing since the early 1990s.

The highway was widened between Route 50 and Route 621 in 2003. The project is part of the planned “Dulles Loop” an 18-mile loop that would circle Dulles Airport by improving portions of Route 50, Route 606 and Route 28.

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