of public hearings to present designs for transform 66 outside the beltway. wdvm's hannah-catherine smith has more on what you need to know about the multi-billion dollar project. << smith reporting: as soon as next month, officials will begin construction on transform sixty six outside the beltway--or twenty-two and a half miles with two express lanes and three general purpose lanes in both directions that go from gainesville all the way to the capitol beltway.
"the sixty-six corridor is known widely as a congested corridor. we see congestion during the weekday periods as well as on weekends--and not just in one segment but in many different segments...and so we're seeing eight to ten hours of congestion a day in this corridor." smith reporting: the project is multimodal, meaning it will benefit all forms of transportation--a dding a bike trail as well as 4- thousand park and ride spaces, and even expanded bus routes. residents gathered for the second public hearing to get a first hand- look at the designs and ask questions. a hot topic of the evening was safety concerns about putting trails alongside the interstate that will be separated by a concrete barrier and fence. shaw, "it's really to recognize that the existing homes that are there today have private backyards that back up to a sound wall so we didn't want to completely change the feature of those homes with this highway widening." kelly, "currently designed to be thirty-two inches and the advocacy groups like fabb all agree that that is not safe so we hope that it is still an option to consider raising that thirty-two inches to forty- two inches." smith reporting: officials say they are taking these concerns into consideration to deliver the safest option. reporting in centreville, hannah-catherine smith, nova news. >> tasmin: you can send your comments to v- dot through november twenty-ninth. for their contact information, visit their website at transform sixty-six dot org. tasmin: odds are you've seen construction during your daily commute.. but did you know there's a shortage of workers to do that construction? wdvm's shannon ryan has more. <<in december is the expansion and tolling of interstate 66 from the beltway out to haymarket also adding toll lanes inside the beltway on 66 expanding toll lanes on 395 inside the beltway you're doing the metro silver line>> shannon ryan: it's hard to miss the construction in northern virginia . ken garrison executive director, heavy construction contractors association you have a combination of new projects new private money you have a little new federal money you have new state money and garrison says -- a 25 hundred person shortage of heavy machine operators. ken garrison executive director, heavy construction contractors association when you start interstate 66 that number jumps up into 4 thousand 5 thousand the shortage can be traced back to the 2007 recession. ken garrison executive director, heavy construction contractors association many of the firms had to downsize for survival -- they tended to keep their older workers now -- ten years later -- those baby boomers who kept their jobs are retiring -- and there's nobody to take their spot ken garrison executive director, heavy construction contractors association what complicates this is every state has this problem -- there's not a labor force you can pull from that those who enter the industry traditionally come from a rural background; <<the family farm has typically gone away>> and it's not only the demographic that's changing but the