Interstate 66

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Interstate 66 marker
Interstate 66
I-66 highlighted in red
Route information
Length76.38 mi[1] (122.92 km)
RestrictionsNo trucks on Custis Memorial Parkway or Theodore Roosevelt Bridge
Major junctions
West end I-81 in Strasburg, VA
East end US 29 in Washington, D.C.
StatesVirginia, District of Columbia
CountiesVA: Frederick, Warren, Fauquier, Prince William, Fairfax, Arlington
DC: District of Columbia
Highway system
SR 65VA SR 67
US 50DC I-95

Interstate 66 (I-66) is an Interstate Highway in the eastern United States. As indicated by its even route number, it runs in an east–west direction. Its western terminus is near Middletown, Virginia, at an interchange with I-81;[3] its eastern terminus is in Washington, D.C., at an interchange with U.S. Route 29.[4] Much of the route parallels U.S. Route 29 or Virginia State Route 55. Interstate 66 has no physical or historical connection to the famous U.S. Route 66 which was located in a different region of the United States.

The E Street Expressway is a spur from Interstate 66 into the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

Route description[edit]

I-66's western terminus in Middletown, Virginia, where it splits from I-81

Interstate 81 to Dunn Loring[edit]

  mi km
VA 74.8 120.54
DC 1.6 2.57
Total 76.4 123.11

Interstate 66 begins at a directional-t interchange with Interstate 81 near Middletown, Virginia. It heads east as a four-lane freeway and meets U.S. Route 522/U.S. Route 340 at a diamond interchange with some cloverleaf elements. The two routes head south to Front Royal and north to Lake Frederick. I-66 continues east, paralleling Virginia Route 55 (John Marshall Highway) and meeting U.S. Route 17 at a partial interchange with no access from southbound U.S. 17 to westbound I-66. Route 55 also merges onto the freeway at this interchange, forming a three-way concurrency that ends near Marshall, with Route 55 leaving with U.S. Route 17 Business, and U.S. 17 leaving at the next exit.

Expanding to 8 lanes and continuing to parallel Route 55, I-66 enters the towns of Haymarket and Gainesville, reaching interchanges with U.S. Routes 15 (James Madison Highway) and 29 (Lee Highway) in each town, respectively. The highway then heads to the south of the Manassas National Battlefield Park and to the north of the Bull Run Regional Park. The highway reaches another interchange with U.S. 29 and passes to the north of Centreville and meets Virginia Route 28 (Sully Road) at an interchange with cloverleaf and stack elements to it. 28 heads north to Dulles International Airport and south to Manassas.

The freeway then meets Virginia Route 286 (Fairfax County Parkway), U.S. Route 50 (Lee Jackson Memorial Highway), and Virginia Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) at a series of interchanges providing access to D.C. suburbs. The Orange Line and Silver Line of the Washington Metro begin to operate in the median here, as the highway reaches a large interchange with the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495).

Dunn Loring to Georgetown[edit]

Following this, the route becomes a toll road with tolls depending on the time of day designated as the Custis Memorial Parkway.[5] The road narrows to four lanes as it heads through affluent areas of Arlington. The parkway meets Virginia Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) at a full interchange. Virginia Route 267 (Dulles Toll Road) meets the parkway with an eastbound entrance and westbound exit. Continuing through neighborhoods, the route yet again meets U.S. 29 at an incomplete interchange and continues east into Arlington, meeting Virginia Route 120 (Glebe Road) and continuing to Arlington. It meets Spout Run Parkway and enters Rosslyn. The freeway turns southeast and runs in between U.S. Route 29 as it approaches the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge., reaching another eastbound entrance and westbound exit as U.S. 29 continues north on the Key Bridge. It then has a complex interchange with George Washington Parkway and Virginia Route 110 (Richmond Highway), providing access to Alexandria and the Pentagon, respectively. U.S. Route 50 (Arlington Boulevard) merges onto the highway with a westbound exit and eastbound entrance and the two traverse the bridge.

In Washington, D.C., the route quickly turns north, separating from US 50. The highway interchanges with the E Street Expressway spur before passing beneath Virginia Avenue in a short tunnel. After an indirect interchange with the Rock Creek Parkway (via 27th Street), the highway terminates at a pair of ramps leading to the Whitehurst Freeway (US 29) and L Street.

I-66 is named the "Custis Memorial Parkway" east of the Capital Beltway in Virginia.[6] The name commemorates the Custis family, several of whose members (including Martha Dandridge Custis Washington, George Washington Parke Custis, Eleanor (Nellie) Parke Custis Lewis and Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee) played prominent roles in Northern Virginia's history. Because of its terminus in the Shenandoah Valley, some early planning documents refer to I-66 as the "Shenandoah Freeway", although the name did not enter common use.[7]

HOV designation and rules[edit]

Due to heavy commuter traffic, I-66 features a variety of high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) restrictions. Between US 15 in Haymarket, Virginia and the Capital Beltway, the left lane on eastbound I-66 is reserved for vehicles with two or more occupants (HOV-2 traffic) from 5:30 to 9:30 a.m. on weekdays, and the left lane on westbound I-66 is reserved for HOV-2 traffic from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m on weekdays.

Between the Beltway and the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, the eastbound (inbound) roadway is a HOT road from 5:30 to 9:30 a.m., and the westbound (outbound) roadway is a HOT road from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. E-ZPass is required for all vehicles except motorcycles, including Dulles Airport users. I-66 is free during those times for HOV-2 drivers (HOV-3 in 2022) with an E-ZPass Flex and for motorcycles. Other drivers must pay a toll which can be almost $50 at peak times.[8]

View west along I-66 in Oakton, with a Washington Metro train using the tracks in the median

E Street Expressway[edit]

E Street Expressway

LocationWashington, D.C.
Length0.3 mi[9] (0.5 km)
View east along the E Street Expressway just east of I-66

The E Street Expressway is a spur of I-66 that begins at an interchange with the interstate just north of the Roosevelt Bridge. It proceeds east, has an interchange with Virginia Avenue NW, and terminates at 20th Street NW. From there, traffic continues along E Street NW to 17th Street NW near the White House, the Old Executive Office Building, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Westbound traffic from 17th Street takes a one-block segment of New York Avenue to the expressway entrance at 20th and E Streets NW. The expressway and the connecting portions of E Street and New York Avenue are part of the National Highway System.

In 1963, the construction of the E Street Expressway caused the demolition of multiple buildings of the Old Naval Observatory.[10]

Exit list

The entire route is in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. All exits are unnumbered.

I-66 to US 29 south (Whitehurst Freeway)  – Virginia
Western terminus
0.10.16Virginia Avenue / 23rd StreetEastbound exit only
Tunnel underneath Virginia Avenue
0.30.4820th Street / E Street eastEastern terminus; at-grade intersection
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi



Interstate 66 in Fairfax County outside of the Capital Beltway, with the Metrorail Orange Line in the median. The left lane is HOV, and the right shoulder is used as a travel lane during rush hour. The deteriorated concrete pavement shown in this picture, which stretched from Exits 57–64, is now covered with a 4-inch thick asphalt overlay.

I-66 was first proposed in 1956 shortly after Congress established the Highway Trust Fund as a highway to connect Strasburg, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley with Washington.[11][12]

During the planning stages, the Virginia Highway Department considered four possible locations for the highway inside the Beltway and in 1959 settled on one that followed the Fairfax Drive-Bluemont Drive corridor between the Beltway and Glebe Road (Virginia State Route 120); and then the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) corridor between Glebe Road and Rosslyn in Arlington. The route west of 123 was determined earlier. Two other routes through Arlington neighborhoods and one along Arlington Boulevard were rejected due to cost or opposition.[13] I-66 was originally to connect to the Three Sisters Bridge, but as that bridge was cancelled, it was later designed to connect to the Potomac River Freeway via the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge.[14]

On December 16, 1961, the first piece of I-66, an 8.6-mile-long section from US-29 at Gainesville to US-29 at Centreville was opened. A disconnected 3.3-mile-long section near Delaplane in Fauquier County opened next in May 1962.[2]

View east along I-66 at Scott Street in Arlington

In July 1962, the highway department bought the Rosslyn Spur of the W&OD for $900,000 and began clearing the way, such that by 1965 all that remained was dirt and the shattered foundations of 200 homes cleared for the highway.[15][16][17] In February 1965, the state contracted to buy 30.5 miles of the W&OD from Herndon to Alexandria for $3.5 million and the C&O petitioned the ICC to let them abandon it. The purchase would eliminate the need to build a grade separation for I-66 and would provide 1.5 miles of right-of-way for the highway, saving the state millions.[18] The abandonment proceedings took more than three years, as customers of the railway and transit advocates fought to keep the railroad open, and delayed work on the highway.[19] During that time, on November 10, 1967, WMATA announced that it had come to an agreement with the Highway Department that would give them a 2-year option to buy a five-mile stretch of the right of way from Glebe Road to the Beltway, where I-66 was to be built, and run mass transit on the median of it.[20] The W&OD ran its last train during the summer of 1968 thus clearing the way for construction to begin in Arlington.

While the state waited on the W&OD, work continued elsewhere. The Theodore Roosevelt Bridge opened on June 23, 1964 and in November of that year the section from Centerville to the Beltway opened. A 0.2 mile extension from the Roosevelt Bridge to Rosslyn opened in October 1966.[2]

After the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) (then known as the Virginia Department of Highways) took possession of the W&OD right-of-way in 1968, they began to run into opposition as the highway revolts of the late 1960s and early 1970s took hold. In 1970, the Arlington County Board requested new hearings and opponents began to organize marches.[21][22] A significant delay was encountered when the Arlington Coalition on Transportation (ACT) filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in 1971 opposing the Arlington portion of the project. The group objected to that urban segment due to concerns over air quality, noise, unwanted traffic congestion, wasteful spending, impacts on mass transit and wasted energy by auto travel.[11] In 1972 the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of ACT, technically blocking any construction. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ruling in favor of ACT later that same year.[23]

Again, work continued elsewhere and in October 1971, the 6.6-mile-long section from I-81 to US-340/US-522 north of Front Royal opened.[2]

In July 1974, a final environmental impact statement (EIS) was submitted.[24] The EIS proposed an eight-lane limited access expressway from the Capital Beltway to the area near Spout Run Parkway.[24] Six lanes would branch off at the Parkway and cross the Potomac River via a proposed Three Sisters Bridge.[24] Another six lanes would branch off to the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge.[24] In November, a modified design was submitted, reducing the eight lanes to six. However, in 1975, VDOT disapproved the six-lane design.[24]

I-66 westbound access in Rosslyn, Arlington County

The parties then agreed on experts to conduct air quality and noise studies for VDOT, selecting the firm of ESL Inc., the expert hired originally by ACT. In 1976, United States Secretary of Transportation William Thaddeus Coleman Jr. intervened. On January 4, 1977, Coleman approved federal aid for a much narrower, four-lane limited access highway between the Capital Beltway and the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge.[24] As part of the deal, Virginia officials agreed to provide more than $100 million in construction work and funds to help build the Metro system, which has tracks down the I-66 median to a station at Vienna in Fairfax County; to build a multi-use trail from Rosslyn to Falls Church; and to limit rush-hour traffic mainly to car pools.[24][25][26] Three more lawsuits would follow, but work began on August 8, 1977 moments after U.S. District Court Judge Owen R. Lewis denied an injunction sought by highway opponents.[27]

In the late 1970s and early 1980s the highway's final miles were built. A 2.9 mile long section from Delaplane to US-17 east of Marshall was completed in 2 sections in 1978 and 1979. The 15.6-mile-long section from US-340 to Delaplane was completed in August 1979. A 12-mile section between US 17 in Marshall and US 15 in Haymarket opened in December 1979, with the gap between Haymarket and Gainesville closed on December 19, 1980.[28] On December 22, 1982, the final section of I-66 opened between the Capital Beltway and U.S. Route 29 (Lee Highway) in Rosslyn, near the Virginia end of the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge.[2][24]

The Custis Trail, the trail along I-66 built between Rosslyn and Falls Church as a concession, opened in the summer of 1982, before the highway was complete. The Dulles Connector between I-66 and the airport opened in 1984.[24] The Metrorail in the median of I-66 between Ballston and Vienna, another concession, opened on June 7, 1986.

After opening, the restrictions on use began to loosen. In 1983, Virginia dropped the HOV requirement from 4 to 3, and then from 3 to 2 in 1994. In 1992 motorcycles were allowed.[24]

On October 9, 1999, Public Law 106-69 transferred from the federal government to the Commonwealth of Virginia the authority for the operation, maintenance and construction of I-66 between Rosslyn and the Capital Beltway.[29]

Because I-66 is the only Interstate Highway traveling west from Washington, D.C., into Northern Virginia, traffic on the road is often extremely heavy. For decades, there has been talk of widening I-66 from 2 to 3 lanes each way inside the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495) through Arlington County, Virginia, although many Arlington residents are adamantly opposed to this plan. In 2004–05, Virginia studied options for widening the highway inside the Beltway, including the prospect of implementing a one-lane-plus-shoulder extension on westbound I-66 within the Beltway (in an attempt to reduce congestion for people commuting away from D.C.).[30] They later settled on three planned “spot improvements” meant to ease traffic congestion on westbound Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway. The first "improvement", a 1.9-mile zone between Fairfax Drive and Sycamore Street, started in summer 2010 and was finished in December 2011. For this project, the entrance ramp acceleration lane and the exit ramp deceleration lanes were lengthened to form a continuous lane between both ramps. The 12-foot shoulder lane can carry emergency vehicles and can be used in emergency situations.[31][32] The second one widened 1.675 miles (2.696 km) between the Washington Boulevard on-ramp and the ramp to the Dulles Airport Access Highway. Work on it began in 2013 and finished in 2015.[33] The third project, between Lee Highway/Spout Run and Glebe Road, is scheduled for completion in 2020.[34]

In Gainesville, Virginia, the Gainesville Interchange Project upgraded the interchange between U.S. Route 29 (U.S. 29) and I-66, for those and many other roads due to rapid development and accompanying heavy traffic in the Gainesville and Haymarket area. I-66's overpasses were reconstructed to accommodate nine lanes (six general purpose, two HOV, one collector–distributor eastbound) and lengthened for the expansion of U.S. 29 to six lanes. These alterations were completed in June 2010. In 2014–15, US 29 was largely grade-separated in the area, including an interchange at its current intersection with SR 619 (Linton Hall Road). The project began in 2004 and finished in 2015.[35]

In 2015, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Transportation planning board added I-66 HOT lanes to their list of priority projects for the I-66 corridor.[36] The projects have sparked opposition between residents and community businesses over the direction of this region's future infrastructure planning. The VDOT established a "Transform 66" website on regional traffic issues. Residents living within the I-66 corridor have set up "Transform 66 Wisely", a website describing local community impacts that the VDOT projects may cause. In contrast, local business groups and Chambers of Commerce located near the affected areas have voiced support for transportation improvements in the I-66 region.[37]

Residents along the I-66 corridor such as Arlington County have resisted I-66 widening proposals for many years.[38] The local Stenwood Elementary School would lose its attached field, leaving it with blacktop-only recess space.[39] In an April 16, 2015, letter to the Virginia Secretary of Transportation, members of the 1st, 8th, 10th, and 11th districts of Congress wrote that VDOT research noted that during peak hours, 35% of eastbound cars and 50% of westbound cars are HOV violators.

Future federal steps for VDOT include NEPA review, obligation of federal funds, certification that the conversion to tolled facilities will not "degrade" the existing facility, and potential federal loan guarantee. The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) is responsible for overseeing VDOT and allocating highway funding to specific projects. The board has 18 members appointed by the Governor [40] and includes the Virginia Secretary of Transportation, Aubrey Layne, and is the group that will be making the final decision and allocating funding for VDOT's plans for I-66.

In 2016, VDOT announced that it was planning to add express lanes and multi-modal transportation improvements to I-66 outside the Beltway (the "Transform 66 Outside the Beltway" improvement project). A decision was also made to move forward with widening I-66 eastbound and make multimodal improvements from the Dulles Connector Road to Ballston (the "Transform 66 Inside the Beltway" improvement project).[41]

VDOT also announced during 2016 that it would initiate on I-66 a dynamic tolling system in the peak travel directions during rush hours. On December 4, 2017, VDOT converted 10 miles (16.1 km) of I-66 between Route 29 in Rosslyn and the Capital Beltway to a High Occupancy Vehicle variable congestion pricing tolling system. The system permits solo drivers to use I-66 during peak travel hours in the appropriate direction if they pay a toll.[42]

VDOT designed the price of toll to keep traffic moving at a minimum of 45 mph (72 km/h) and to increase the capacity of the road. Carpools and vanpools (with two or more people, until a regional change to HOV-3+ goes into effect in 2022), transit, on-duty law enforcement and first responders will not pay a toll.[43] Prices ranged up to US$47 for solo drivers, but the average speed during the morning rush hour was 57 mph (92 km/h), vs 37 miles per hour (60 km/h) a year before.[44]

In 2017, construction began on the "Transform 66 Outside the Beltway" improvement project.[45] The project will add 22.5 miles (36.2 km) of new dynamically-tolled Express Lanes alongside I-66 from I-495 to University Boulevard in Gainesville. It will also build new park and ride facilities, interchange improvements and 11 miles (17.7 km) of expanded multi-use trail. VDOT expects the project to be completed in December 2022.[46]

View "west" (actually south) at the eastern terminus of I-66 at US 29 in Washington, D.C.

Construction on widening eastbound I-66 as part of the "Transform 66 Inside the Beltway" improvement project began in June 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2020. The project will add a travel lane on eastbound I-66 between the Dulles Access Road (Virginia State Route 267) and Fairfax Drive (Exit 71) in Ballston, will provide a new ramp-to-ramp direct access connection from eastbound I-66 to the West Falls Church Metro station at the Leesburg Pike (Virginia State Route 7) interchange and will provide a new bridge for the W&OD Trail over Lee Highway (U.S. Route 29).[43]

VDOT completed in August 2018 a diverging diamond interchange in Haymarket at the interchange of I-66 with U.S. Route 15.[47]

District of Columbia[edit]

The Potomac River Freeway (I-66) in Washington, D.C.
A map of I-66, showing cities, and interchanges with I-81 and I-495.

In Washington D.C., I-66 was planned to extend east of its current terminus along the North Leg of the Inner Loop freeway. I-66 would have also met the eastern terminus of a planned Interstate 266 at US 29, and the western terminus of the South Leg Freeway (I-695) at US 50; I-266 would have been a parallel route to I-66, providing more direct access to the North Leg from points west, while I-695 would have been an inner-city connector between I-66 and I-95.

The final plans for the North Leg Freeway, as published in 1971, outlined a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) six-lane tunnel beneath K Street, between I-266/US 29 and New York Avenue, where the North Leg would emerge from the tunnel and join with the Center Leg Freeway (formerly I-95, now I-395); the two routes would run concurrently for three-fourths of a mile before reaching the Union Station interchange, where I-66 was planned to terminate. Despite the plan to route the North Leg in a tunnel beneath K Street, the intense opposition to previous, scrapped alignments for the D.C. freeway network, which included previous alignments for the North Leg Freeway, led to the mass cancellation of all unbuilt D.C. freeways in 1977, resulting in the truncation of I-66 at US 29.

Exit list[edit]

All exits in the District of Columbia are unnumbered.

State/districtCountyLocationmi[48]kmOld exitNew exitDestinationsNotes
VirginiaFrederick0.000.001 I-81  – Roanoke, WinchesterWestern terminus; signed as exits 1A (south) and 1B (north); exit 300 on I-81; tri-stack interchange
WarrenFront Royal6.410.326 US 340 / US 522  – Winchester, Front Royal
SR 79 to SR 55  – Linden, Front Royal
FauquierMarkham18.529.8418 SR 688  – Markham
Delaplane23.337.5523 US 17 north / SR 55 west / SR 731  – Delaplane, ParisWestern terminus of US 17 / SR 55 concurrency
27.043.5627 SR 55 east (US 17 Bus. south) / SR 647  – MarshallEastern terminus of SR 55 concurrency; former SR 242 south
US 17 south / US 17 Bus. north  – Marshall, Warrenton, Fredericksburg
Eastern terminus of US 17 concurrency
31.350.4831 SR 245  – The Plains, Old Tavern
Prince WilliamHaymarket40.565.2940 US 15  – Haymarket, LeesburgDiverging diamond interchange
Gainesville43.169.41043 US 29  – Gainesville, WarrentonSigned as exits 43A (south) and 43B (north)
44.571.61144 SR 234 south (Prince William Parkway)  – Manassas, DumfriesWestern terminus of SR 234 concurrency
SR 234 north / SR 234 Bus. south  – Manassas, Manassas National Battlefield Park
Eastern terminus of SR 234 concurrency; signed as exits 47A (south) and 47B (north) westbound
48.878.5Rest area
US 29 to SR 28 south  – Centreville
CentrevilleChantilly line53.285.61453B SR 28 north  – Dulles AirportSigned as exit 53 eastbound; no westbound entrance
53A SR 28 south  – CentrevilleWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
Fair Lakes54.988.4Stringfellow Road (SR 645)Westbound exit or eastbound entrance via reversible HOV ramp[49]
55.990.01555 SR 286 (Fairfax County Parkway)  – Springfield, Reston, HerndonSigned as exits 55A (south) and 55B (north)
Fair Oaks57.191.9Monument Drive (SR 6751)HOV westbound exit and eastbound entrance[49]
58.193.51657 US 50  – Fair Oaks, Winchester, FairfaxSigned as exits 57A (east) and 57B (west)
Oakton60.196.71760 SR 123  – Fairfax, Vienna
61.699.117A62 Vienna/Fairfax-GMU StationAccessible via C/D lanes
OaktonMerrifield line62.5100.6 SR 243 (Nutley Street)  – Vienna, Fairfax
Dunn LoringMerrifield
Idylwood tripoint
65.1104.81864A I-495 south  – Richmond, AlexandriaSigned as exit 64 westbound; exit 49 on I-495
64B I-495 north  – Tysons Corner, BaltimoreEastbound exit and westbound entrance; exit 49 on I-495
I-495 Express  – Richmond, BaltimoreEastbound exit and westbound entrance
IdylwoodToll gantry (non-HOV2+ vehicles, peak-direction only)[8]
Pimmit HillsIdylwood line66.0106.21966 SR 7 (Leesburg Pike)  – Tysons Corner, Falls ChurchSigned as exits 66A (east) and 66B (west) westbound; serves West Falls Church station
SR 267 west to I-495 north  – Dulles Airport, Baltimore
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; eastern terminus of SR 267
WesthamptonToll gantry (non-HOV2+ vehicles, peak-direction only)[8]
ArlingtonEast Falls Church67.8109.12168Westmoreland StreetEastbound exit only
68.4110.12269 US 29 / SR 237 (Washington Boulevard / Lee Highway)Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
2369Sycamore Street – Falls ChurchWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; serves East Falls Church station
BluemontToll gantry (non-HOV2+ vehicles, peak-direction only)[8]
Ballston70.5113.52471 SR 120 (Glebe Road) / SR 237 (Fairfax Drive)Serves Ballston–MU station
CherrydaleToll gantry (non-HOV2+ vehicles, peak-direction only)[8]
Maywood72.1116.02572 US 29 (Lee Highway) / Spout Run ParkwayEastbound exit and westbound entrance
Rosslyn73.1117.62673 US 29 (Lee Highway)  – Rosslyn, Key Bridge
74.2119.42775 SR 110 south  – Pentagon, AlexandriaEastbound exit and westbound entrance
VirginiaD.C. lineArlingtonWashington line74.8
Theodore Roosevelt Bridge over the Potomac River
0.10.16 US 50 west (Arlington Boulevard) / George Washington Parkway northWestern terminus of US 50 concurrency; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
District of ColumbiaWashington0.50.80Independence AvenueEastbound exit only
US 50 east (Constitution Avenue)  – DowntownEastern terminus of US 50 concurrency; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
0.71.1E Street Expressway eastWestern terminus of the E Street Expressway
0.81.3Kennedy CenterWestbound entrance only
0.91.4Independence Avenue / Maine AvenueWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
1.21.9Rock Creek ParkwayEastbound exit and westbound entrance
1.42.3Pennsylvania AvenueEastbound exit only
1.62.6Whitehurst Freeway (US 29 south) to Canal RoadEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary routes[edit]

Interstate 266 marker

Interstate 266

LocationArlington, VirginiaWashington, D.C.
Length1.79 mi (2.88 km)

Interstate 266 (I-266) was a proposed loop route of I-66 between Washington, D.C., and Arlington County, Virginia. District of Columbia officials proposed designating the route Interstate 66N, a move opposed by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. In Virginia, Interstate 266 would have split off from Interstate 66 just east of the present Spout Run Parkway exit. From there, it would have followed an expanded Spout Run Parkway, crossed the George Washington Memorial Parkway, and crossed the Potomac River across a new bridge that would have been called the Three Sisters Bridge. Upon entering the District of Columbia, it would have followed Canal Road and an expanded Whitehurst Freeway to rejoin Interstate 66 at K Street. Interstate 266 was canceled in 1972 in the face of community opposition during Washington's "freeway revolts".[50][self-published source][51][self-published source]


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