I-64 / I-295 Interchange Modification Project Photos - January 2008

The following 16 photos were taken on January 5, 12 and 26 by Roads to the Future. Click on the photo to get a large version of the photo. The large photos have sizes ranging from 119 to 268 kilobytes, with most of them being under 205 kilobytes. The photo marked "LARGE PHOTO" is much larger, with a detailed zoom-in of the previous photo, and it has the file size listed next to the photo. 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.

Photo below taken on January 5, 2008

I-64 westbound (toward Charlottesville), one mile east of the VA-288 interchange, a third lane is being constructed on the right. Asphalt base material has been placed for the new lane and shoulder.

Photos below taken on January 12, 2008

Steel beam placement is partially completed for the 2-lane flyover bridge from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). The two I-64 roadways go into the distance. Vantage point is from the I-295 overpass over I-64. In the distance is the construction of the new VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass. Looking west.

This and the next 4 photos are from the same bridge, and the camera position moves successively to the left.

Steel beam placement is partially completed for the 2-lane flyover bridge from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk).

Notice the 'straddle bents' on the flyover bridge ... they are utilized when a bridge crosses over a roadway at a very high skew (angle of difference from the perpendicular), to where conventional piers would have to be placed in the middle of the roadway, so the cross-member extends well outside of the bridge footprint, so that the piers are outside of the roadway below. Notice how the three piers located in the median are placed in-line in the center of the median, and that the first and last piers are straddle bents, and that the middle pier is a conventional pier.

Steel beam placement is partially completed for the 2-lane flyover bridge from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk).

The flyover bridge will be 1,765 feet long and 35 feet above I-64.

Steel beam placement is partially completed for the 2-lane flyover bridge from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk).

Notice the Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) retaining walls constructed on the earthen fill approach to the flyover bridge. The end of the retaining wall structure has the abutment (bridge terminal structure) where the bridge begins.

Steel beam placement is partially completed for the 2-lane flyover bridge from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk).

Steel beam placement has been partially completed for the 2-lane flyover bridge from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). Looking across the loop ramp from westbound I-295 to eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond).

Steel beam placement has been partially completed for the 2-lane flyover bridge from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). Looking across the loop ramp from westbound I-295 to eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond).

Notice the 'straddle bents' on the flyover bridge ... they are utilized when a bridge crosses over a roadway at a very high skew, to where conventional piers would have to be placed in the middle of the roadway, so the cross-member extends well outside of the bridge footprint, so that the piers are outside of the roadway below.

Steel beam placement has been partially completed for the 2-lane flyover bridge from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). Looking across the loop ramp from westbound I-295 to eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond).

Photos below taken on January 26, 2008

View from the I-295 temporary roadway for the interchange ramp movement from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). Ahead is the construction of the Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) retaining walls on the earthen fill approach from the flyover bridge for the new semi-directional ramp from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). This is the "landing" for the flyover ramp on I-295. The end section of the flyover bridge will connect to the elevated approach, at the near end. A bridge pier is under construction, in the foreground.

This and the next 2 photos are in driving sequence.

View from the I-295 temporary roadway for the interchange ramp movement from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk).
View from the I-295 temporary roadway for the interchange ramp movement from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk).
I-64/I-295 interchange, 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 ramp is being rebuilt to a higher-speed 2-lane ramp, notice the asphalt roadway to the right of the concrete barricade that is under construction, that is the right lane of the rebuilt ramp. A sound barrier was constructed on the right, adjacent to a subdivision.

This and the next 3 photos are in driving sequence.

This is a zoom-in excerpt (size 423 kilobytes) from the previous photo.
LARGE PHOTO

Asphalt base material has been placed for the new lane and shoulder, on a section beginning ahead. Notice the multiple layers of asphalt, which were placed one at a time and compacted by roller machines. The gray material under the asphalt, is aggregate base material.

I-64/I-295 interchange, the ramp from westbound I-295 to westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville).

This rebuilt ramp will have a design speed 110 kph or 68 mph.
A telephoto lens exaggerates the amount of horizontal curvature.

I-64/I-295 interchange, the ramp from westbound I-295 to westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville). The area on the right side of the curve ahead is one of the places where a ramp curve will be lessened; notice the asphalt roadway to the right of the concrete barricade, that is under construction. The ramp merges into I-64 ahead.

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By Scott M. Kozel, Roads to the Future

(Created 2-9-2009)