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

This article has 25 photos taken on 3 separate days.

The following 19 photos were taken on July 19, 2008 by Roads to the Future. This was on a tour of the project that was led by the project manager for this project. It was a very interesting tour! Click on the photo to get a large version of the photo. The large photos have sizes ranging from 152 to 322 kilobytes, with most of them being under 227 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.

I-64/I-295 interchange, photo on the new 2-lane ramp from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). This is on the new flyover bridge at about its midpoint. Reinforced concrete bridge deck construction is underway, with most of the sections completed. The green steel re-bars are the core for the reinforced concrete parapets. Looking against the flow of future traffic.

The flyover bridge is 1,765 feet long and 35 feet above I-64.
The next 4 photos are in walking sequence toward a major deck construction area.

I-64/I-295 interchange, photo on the new flyover bridge at about its midpoint. Looking against the flow of future traffic.
I-64/I-295 interchange, photo on the new flyover bridge at about its midpoint.
I-64/I-295 interchange, photo on the new flyover bridge.
I-64/I-295 interchange, photo on the new flyover bridge.

Most of the reinforced concrete roadway deck sections have been constructed, and the green sections are where green-painted steel re-bar is visible with steel forms under the re-bar, awaiting concrete deck pours to complete the construction. The yellow steel machines are screed machines that shape and finish the surface of the poured concrete for the bridge deck.

I-64/I-295 interchange, photo on the new flyover bridge.

Transverse (perpendicular to direction of future traffic) view of a section awaiting its concrete pour for the reinforced concrete roadway deck; the green-painted steel re-bar is visible with steel forms under the re-bar, awaiting concrete deck pours to complete the construction.

I-64/I-295 interchange, photo on the new flyover bridge.

Another view of the section in the previous photo, awaiting its concrete pour for the reinforced concrete roadway deck; the green-painted steel re-bar is visible with steel forms under the re-bar, awaiting concrete deck pours to complete the construction.

I-64/I-295 interchange, photo from the new flyover bridge, looking down onto the eastbound I-295 roadway (toward Washington and Norfolk) and bridge over I-64; this segment of roadway has been vacated of traffic via a project detour, and that bridge will be demolished in this project. The I-295 eastbound roadway ends a couple hundred feet beyond the bridge, with the 3-lane roadway ending at the treeline. The original plan was to extend the I-295 freeway seamlessly as the VA-288 freeway, and that is how this highway segment was constructed in 1981, with the provision for a future extension; and the western alignment of VA-288 that was approved in 1988 (and completed in 2005) replaced that plan.
I-64/I-295 interchange, photo from the new flyover bridge, looking across the ramp from westbound I-295 to westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville), notice the sound barrier that was constructed, adjacent to a subdivision.
I-64/I-295 interchange, photo on the new flyover bridge.

Most of the reinforced concrete roadway deck sections have been constructed, and the green sections are where green-painted steel re-bar is visible with steel forms under the re-bar, awaiting concrete deck pours to complete the construction. The yellow steel machines are screed machines that shape and finish the surface of the poured concrete for the bridge deck.

I-64/I-295 interchange, photo on the new flyover bridge.

Most of the reinforced concrete roadway deck sections have been constructed, and the green sections are where green-painted steel re-bar is visible with steel forms under the re-bar, awaiting concrete deck pours to complete the construction. The yellow steel machines are screed machines that shape and finish the surface of the poured concrete for the bridge deck.

I-64/I-295 interchange, photo from the new flyover bridge eastward over the westbound (toward Charlottesville) I-295 roadway, and the ramp from westbound I-295 to westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville), notice the sound barrier that was constructed, adjacent to a subdivision.

Notice that the westbound I-295 roadway is carrying 2-way traffic; this is a temporary arrangement instituted as part of this project. I-295 has a temporary roadway for the pre-existing interchange loop ramp movement from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). The inner lane of the I-295 3-lane westbound roadway (toward Charlottesville) is being used as this temporary roadway, and there are temporary roadway connections between the pre-existing loop ramp and this roadway, and between this roadway and the permanent I-295 eastbound roadway. This temporary roadway was necessary so that a segment of eastbound I-295 could be vacated of traffic so that it could be reconstructed to include the downstream elevated approach from the flyover bridge.

I-64/I-295 interchange, photo on the new flyover bridge, approaching its endpoint. Reinforced concrete bridge deck construction is underway, with most of the sections completed. Looking in the direction of the flow of future traffic, somewhat similar vantage point to previous photo. Notice the Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) wall on the elevated land approach to the flyover bridge.
I-64/I-295 interchange, photo on the new flyover bridge, approaching its endpoint. Reinforced concrete bridge deck construction is underway, with most of the sections completed. Looking in the direction of the flow of future traffic.
I-64/I-295 interchange, photo on the new flyover bridge, approaching its endpoint. Reinforced concrete bridge deck construction is underway, with most of the sections completed. The green steel re-bars are the core for the reinforced concrete parapets.
I-64/I-295 interchange, photo on the new flyover bridge, approaching its endpoint.
I-64/I-295 interchange, photo on the new flyover bridge, at its endpoint, looking over the elevated land approach that transitions from the flyover bridge to the eastbound I-295 roadway (toward Washington and Norfolk).
I-64/I-295 interchange, photo on the new flyover bridge, at its endpoint, looking over the elevated land approach that transitions from the flyover bridge to the eastbound I-295 roadway (toward Washington and Norfolk). Notice traffic barrier construction to the left. Notice the westbound I-295 roadway that is temporarily carrying 2-way traffic.
I-64/I-295 interchange, the new 2-lane ramp from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk), looking over the elevated land approach that transitions from the flyover bridge to the eastbound I-295 roadway (toward Washington and Norfolk).

The following 3 photos were taken on July 20, 2008 by Roads to the Future. Click on the photo to get a large version of the photo. The large photos have sizes ranging from 193 to 221 kilobytes, with most of them being under 209 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.

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 near completion, that is the right lane of the rebuilt ramp. 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.

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, and 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 near completion. The ramp merges into I-64 ahead. A sound barrier was constructed on the right, adjacent to a subdivision.
I-64 westbound (toward Charlottesville), one mile east of the VA-288 interchange, a third lane has been constructed on the right, and is about to be opened to traffic. I-64 is being widened between I-295 and VA-288, adding a third lane each way on the outside of each pre-existing two-lane roadway.

The following 3 photos were taken on August 2, 2008 by Roads to the Future. Click on the photo to get a large version of the photo. The large photos have sizes ranging from 137 to 231 kilobytes, with most of them being under 192 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.

Notice that the roadways that were near completion in the previous 3 photos, are now open to traffic; this is the right lane of the rebuilt ramp, and the third lane on westbound I-64.

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 newly opened asphalt roadway for the right lane, it is using part of the right shoulder, and the left lane of the new ramp is beginning construction to the left of the concrete barricade. 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.

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, and the area in the curve ahead is one of the places where a ramp curve was lessened; notice the newly opened asphalt roadway for the right lane, it is using part of the right shoulder, and the left lane of the new ramp is beginning construction to the left of the concrete barricade. The ramp merges into I-64 ahead. A sound barrier was constructed on the right, adjacent to a subdivision.
I-64 westbound (toward Charlottesville), one mile east of the VA-288 interchange, a third lane has been constructed on the right, and was just opened to traffic. I-64 is being widened between I-295 and VA-288, adding a third lane each way on the outside of each pre-existing two-lane roadway.

VDOT considered repaving the pre-existing I-64 mainline lanes in the project area (they need it) as part of this project, by considering adding a change order to the contract for the work, but the contractor wanted about 60% more cost per ton of asphalt paving than what VDOT can perform in its maintenance repaving schedules, so VDOT will have the work performed in mid-2009 in a separate maintenance contract.

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By Scott M. Kozel, Roads to the Future

(Created 11-19-2008)