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Alex:
Worked in driving I-66 west to see the completed work as part of my detour of I-95 heading south back to Florida after Christmas. Finally got around to posting the photos on the site:

https://www.aaroads.com/guides/i-066-west-fairfax-va/
https://www.aaroads.com/guides/i-066-west-gainesville-va/

Noticed at the west end of the Express Lanes, they transitioned to HOV-3 lanes to the succeeding exit for US. 15. I assume they end just west of the DDI there? Is there much of a point to them there, or is it to just disperse traffic from the Express Lanes better?

sprjus4:
^ Yep, I-66 transitions from an 8 lane urban interstate into a 4 lane rural interstate, and the speed limit on the general purpose lanes raises to 70 mph, west of US-15.

The HOV lane remaining is just the leftover of what wasnít converted when they did this most recent HO/T project.

It was extended as an HOV out to US-15 about 10-ish years ago. Iím not sure why the HO/T project just didnít continue to US-15.

bluecountry:

--- Quote from: sprjus4 on February 13, 2023, 01:06:54 AM ---^ Yep, I-66 transitions from an 8 lane urban interstate into a 4 lane rural interstate, and the speed limit on the general purpose lanes raises to 70 mph, west of US-15.

The HOV lane remaining is just the leftover of what wasnít converted when they did this most recent HO/T project.

It was extended as an HOV out to US-15 about 10-ish years ago. Iím not sure why the HO/T project just didnít continue to US-15.

--- End quote ---
It was supposed to but did not due to funds.  It is on the plans for 2040.
Seems like now they are ramping up enforcement of the HOV3, I see signs on the overheads, I guess people have cheated.

sprjus4:
^ I donít know why they donít put up flex posts and just throw a couple more gantries up to make a single lane continuation for that last couple miles.

davewiecking:

--- Quote from: sprjus4 on February 26, 2023, 02:06:00 AM ---^ I donít know why they donít put up flex posts and just throw a couple more gantries up to make a single lane continuation for that last couple miles.

--- End quote ---
Great idea to slap a random toll on a stretch of asphalt that was built with taxpayer funds. Why not all the way to Front Royal?

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