I-64 / I-295 Interchange Modification Project Photos - April 2009

The following 25 photos were taken on April 5, 12, and 19, 2009 by Roads to the Future. Click on the photo to get a large version of the photo. The large photos have sizes ranging from 138 to 218 kilobytes, with most of them being under 179 kilobytes. With a broadband or network Internet connection each photo will download within seconds, but with a dial-up Internet connection it will be somewhat slower.

Photos below taken on April 5, 2009

I-64 westbound (toward Charlottesville), approaching the I-295 interchange. At the left edge of the photo, the flyover bridge is the higher bridge, and the original I-295 bridges are at the lower bridge level.

Notice ahead the under construction fourth lane on the right, this will provide a continuous auxiliary lane between the ramp from the US-250 Broad Street interchange, and the ramp to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk).

This and the next 7 photos are in driving sequence.

The ramp from westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). The existing one-lane ramp is being widened to two lanes. All widening construction has been completed, and the only remaining work is to place the final layer of asphalt and to paint the lines. A telephoto lens exaggerates the roadway curvature, as the ramp is comfortably drivable at 45 mph.
The ramp from westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk).
The ramp from westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk).
The ramp from westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). The existing one-lane ramp is being widened to two lanes.

Notice the Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) retaining wall constructed on the earthen fill approach to the flyover bridge, the new 2-lane semi-directional flyover ramp for the movement from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). These two ramps merge together ahead to become the 3-lane eastbound I-295 roadway.

The ramp from westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk).
The ramp from westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). The final asphalt surface and line painting has been accomplished on the section of the ramp starting about 100 feet ahead. The two lane roadway drops down to one lane just before it merges into the 3-lane eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk).
The ramp from westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). Its one lane becomes the right lane of the 3-lane eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk), ahead.
I-295 westbound (toward Charlottesville) approaching the ramps to I-64 westbound and eastbound. The completed and opened eastbound flyover ramp bridge, is visible in the distance.

This and the next 4 photos are in the same driving sequence.

Entering the ramp from westbound I-295 to westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville). This one-lane ramp is being widened to two lanes, and is being relocated in two places to provide a higher-speed alignment. The left lane of the new ramp is nearing completion, and the right lane is temporarily operating on the right shoulder. A sound barrier was constructed on the right, adjacent to a subdivision.

This rebuilt ramp will have a design speed 110 kph or 68 mph.

Ramp from westbound I-295 to westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville).
Ramp from westbound I-295 to westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville).
Ramp from westbound I-295 to westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville). The area in the curve ahead is one of the places where a ramp curve was lessened.
I-64 eastbound (toward Richmond), approaching the now closed exit to the loop ramp from I-64 to I-295. This loop ramp was replaced by the new 2-lane semi-directional flyover ramp for the movement from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk), and that loop ramp is being demolished and obscured.

Notice ahead the under construction fourth lane on the right, this will provide a continuous auxiliary lane between the loop ramp from I-295 to eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond), and that lane will extend to the US-250 Broad Street interchange.

I-64 eastbound (toward Richmond), approaching the now closed exit to the loop ramp from I-64 to I-295. A few hundred feet down the road from the previous photo.

Photos below taken on April 12, 2009

I-64 eastbound (toward Richmond), approaching the now closed exit to the loop ramp from I-64 to I-295. This loop ramp was replaced by the new 2-lane semi-directional flyover ramp for the movement from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk), and that loop ramp is being demolished and obscured.

Notice ahead the under construction fourth lane on the right, this will provide a continuous auxiliary lane between the loop ramp from I-295 to eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond), and that lane will extend to the US-250 Broad Street interchange.

I-64 eastbound (toward Richmond). A few hundred yards down the road from the previous photo. The final layer of asphalt has been placed for the new lane.

Photos below taken on April 19, 2009

I-295 westbound (toward Charlottesville), at the Nuckols Road interchange. The I-295/I-64 interchange is 1 and 1/2 miles ahead.

There are a sequence of 5 large green informational signs built in this project, on westbound I-295, that direct traffic to the exit to I-64 westbound and eastbound, and this photo sequence shows all of them. The sign ahead is the first of the signs that specifically mention the exit to I-64 (and VA-288, as I-295 and VA-288 form a beltway around Richmond, interlocked by a 3-mile segment of I-64).

This and the next 7 photos are in the same driving sequence, following I-295 westbound (toward Charlottesville) to I-64 eastbound (toward Richmond).

I-295 westbound approaching the I-64 interchange. A sound barrier has been constructed on the right, adjacent to a subdivision.
I-295 westbound approaching the I-64 interchange. The completed and opened eastbound flyover ramp bridge and elevated approach, is visible in the distance.
I-295 westbound approaching the ramps to I-64 westbound and eastbound. The completed and opened eastbound flyover ramp bridge and elevated approach, is visible in the distance. A sound barrier has been constructed on the right, adjacent to a subdivision.
I-295 westbound approaching the ramp to I-64 eastbound (toward Richmond), on the bridge over I-64; this bridge is being rehabilitated as part of this project.
Exiting the loop ramp from I-295 to I-64 eastbound (toward Richmond), approaching the now closed exit to the loop ramp from I-64 to I-295. This loop ramp was replaced by the new 2-lane semi-directional flyover ramp for the movement from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk), and that loop ramp is being demolished and obscured. Overhead is the I-295 overpass bridge.

Notice ahead the under construction fourth lane on the right, this will provide a continuous auxiliary lane between the loop ramp from I-295 to eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond), and that lane will extend to the US-250 Broad Street interchange.

I-64 eastbound (toward Richmond), passing the now closed exit to the loop ramp from I-64 to I-295.

Notice ahead the under construction fourth lane on the right, this will provide a continuous auxiliary lane between the loop ramp from I-295 to eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond), and that lane will extend to the US-250 Broad Street interchange. The final layer of asphalt has been placed for the new lane, and lines have been painted.

I-64 eastbound (toward Richmond), approaching the US-250 Broad Street interchange, the new auxiliary lane seamlessly ties into the pre-existing deceleration lane to the ramp to westbound US-250.

VDOT considered repaving the pre-existing I-64 mainline lanes in the project area (they need it) as part of this project, with a change order to the contract, but when discussed last year the contractor wanted about 60% more cost per ton of asphalt paving than what VDOT can perform in its maintenance repaving schedules, so if current negotiations with the contractor don't obtain a better unit cost, VDOT will have the work performed in a separate maintenance contract.

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By Scott M. Kozel, Roads to the Future

(Created 5-1-2009)