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

This article has 23 photos, with 8 photos by VDOT, and 15 photos by Roads to the Future.

The following 8 photos were taken on June 12, 2008 by the Virginia Department of Transportation, and are posted here with their permission. Roads to the Future utilized PhotoDeluxe Business Edition to sharpen and brighten and to align all of the photos. Click on the photo to get a large version of the photo. You probably will need to use Full Screen mode (the F11 key can be utilized to swap back and forth between Full Screen and Regular) to see the full size of the large photo without browser-induced image shrinkage. The large photos have sizes ranging from 247 to 321 kilobytes, with most of them being under 285 kilobytes. The photos marked "LARGE PHOTO" are much larger, with a very detailed zoom-in of the previous photo, and they have 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.

I-64/I-295 interchange, looking west across the Short Pump area. I-64 runs from the bottom (toward Richmond) to the top (toward Charlottesville), and I-295 runs to the center right. The under construction curving bridge in the center of the photo is the new flyover bridge that is part of the new 2-lane ramp from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). The VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass over I-64 is in the upper part of the photo.
I-64/I-295 interchange, looking southwest across the Short Pump area. I-64 runs from the lower left (toward Richmond) to the upper right (toward Charlottesville), and I-295 runs to the lower right. The under construction curving bridge in the center of the photo is the new flyover bridge that is part of the new 2-lane ramp from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk).
This is a zoom-in excerpt (size 1,369 kilobytes) from the previous photo.
LARGE PHOTO

I-64/I-295 interchange, the under construction curving bridge is the new flyover bridge, the two smaller bridges to the upper left are the original I-295 bridges over I-64. The VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass over I-64 is in the upper middle part of the photo. Notice the new sound barrier that runs in front of the cluster of houses in the right center.

The new flyover bridge will be 1,765 feet long and 35 feet above I-64, and this ramp will be a high-speed (design speed 101 kph or 63 mph) 2-lane freeway-standard movement.

The complimentary ramp movement, from westbound I-295 to westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville), originally was one lane wide, and is being relocated and widened to 2 lanes (design speed 110 kph or 68 mph).

I-64/I-295 interchange, looking south across the Short Pump area. I-64 runs from the left (toward Richmond) to the right (toward Charlottesville), and I-295 runs from the bottom to the top. The under construction curving bridge in the center of the photo is the new flyover bridge that is part of the new 2-lane ramp from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk).

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, looking south across the Short Pump area. I-64 runs from the left (toward Richmond) to the right (toward Charlottesville), and I-295 runs from the bottom to the top. The under construction curving bridge in the upper center of the photo is the new flyover bridge that is part of the new 2-lane ramp from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk).

The I-295 roadways end a couple hundred feet beyond I-64, with the pair of 3-lane roadways ending at the treeline. The original 1968 plan was to extend the I-295 freeway seamlessly southward 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, looking east across the Short Pump area. I-64 runs from the bottom (toward Charlottesville) to the upper right (toward Richmond), and I-295 runs to the upper left. The under construction curving bridge in the center of the photo is the new flyover bridge that is part of the new 2-lane ramp from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). The VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass over I-64 is in the lower middle part of the photo. 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.
I-64/I-295 interchange, looking east across the Short Pump area. I-64 runs from the lower left (toward Charlottesville) to the upper right (toward Richmond). I-295 runs to the upper left. The under construction curving bridge in the center of the photo is the new flyover bridge that is part of the new 2-lane ramp from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road runs from lower lower left to lower right, and this segment was widened from 2 lanes to 4 lanes divided, including a new longer-span bridge over I-64, as part of this project.
This is a zoom-in excerpt (size 1,277 kilobytes) from the previous photo.
LARGE PHOTO

I-64/I-295 interchange, the under construction curving bridge in the middle of the photo is the new flyover bridge that is part of the new 2-lane ramp from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk).

The complimentary ramp movement, from westbound I-295 to westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville), originally was one lane wide, and is being relocated and widened to 2 lanes (design speed 110 kph or 68 mph). Notice just right of the housing development, the darker section of new asphalt that is one of the sections where a curve is being lessened to provide a higher speed alignment.

I-64/I-295 interchange, looking north across the Short Pump area. I-64 runs from the left (toward Charlottesville) to the right (toward Richmond), and I-295 runs to the upper center. The under construction curving bridge in the center of the photo is the new flyover bridge that is part of the new 2-lane ramp from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). The two smaller bridges are the original I-295 bridges over I-64. Note the existing interchange loop ramp movement from westbound I-295 (toward Charlottesville) to eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond).
I-64/I-295 interchange, looking north across the Short Pump area. I-64 runs from the left (toward Charlottesville) to the right (toward Richmond), and I-295 runs to the upper center. The under construction curving bridge in the center of the photo is the new flyover bridge that is part of the new 2-lane ramp from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). The two smaller bridges are the original I-295 bridges over I-64.

The I-295 roadways end a couple hundred feet beyond I-64, with the pair of 3-lane roadways ending at the treeline. The original 1968 plan was to extend the I-295 freeway seamlessly southward 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.

The following 15 photos were taken on June 14, 15 and 22 by Roads to the Future. Click on the photo to get a large version of the photo. The large photos have sizes ranging from 139 to 202 kilobytes, with most of them being under 176 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 June 14, 2008

I-64 westbound (toward Charlottesville), approaching the bridges to and from I-295. The under construction flyover bridge is the higher bridge, and the original I-295 bridges are at the lower bridge level.

This and the next 2 photos are in driving sequence.

I-64 westbound, with the eastbound flyover bridge construction visible overhead. Roadway deck construction is underway on the bridge.
I-64 westbound, with the eastbound flyover bridge construction visible overhead. Roadway deck construction is underway on the bridge.

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.

I-64 eastbound (toward Richmond), approaching the entrance to the under construction 2-lane ramp from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). The VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass is ahead, and it was replaced with a 4-lane bridge that is long enough to span the widened I-64 approaches, as part of this project. 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.

This and the next 4 photos are in driving sequence.

I-64 eastbound, passing the entrance to the under construction 2-lane ramp from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295. The flyover bridge is the higher bridge, and the original I-295 bridges are at the lower bridge level.

Reinforced concrete roadway deck construction is underway on the flyover bridge.

I-64 eastbound, approaching the under construction 2-lane ramp from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295. The flyover bridge is the higher bridge, and the original I-295 bridges are at the lower bridge level.
I-64 eastbound, approaching the under construction 2-lane ramp from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295. The flyover bridge is the higher bridge, and the original I-295 bridges are at the lower bridge level. Notice the "straddle bent" piers that extend outward to fully span the I-64 roadways.
I-64 eastbound, approaching the under construction 2-lane ramp from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295. The flyover bridge is the higher bridge, and the original I-295 bridges are at the lower bridge level.
View from the I-295 temporary roadway for the interchange ramp movement from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). The temporary roadway is needed to remove traffic from a section of the eastbound I-295 roadway so that it can be rebuilt with an elevated approach for the new flyover ramp. 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 is visible as it connects to the elevated approach.

Photos below taken on June 15, 2008

VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road, southbound. The former 2-lane road was widened to 4 lanes divided as part of this project, and this is at the north end of the segment that was widened. The Pouncey Tract Road 4-lane divided overpass bridge over I-64 is at the crest of the hill in the distance.
VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road, southbound. The former 2-lane road was widened to 4 lanes divided as part of this project. The Pouncey Tract Road 4-lane divided overpass bridge over I-64 starts ahead. There are sidewalks on each side of the bridge and the 0.58-mile-long roadway segment that was widened.

Photos below taken on June 22, 2008

I-64 eastbound (toward Richmond), approaching the under construction 2-lane ramp from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295. The flyover bridge is the higher bridge, and the original I-295 bridges are at the lower bridge level.

Reinforced concrete roadway deck construction is underway on the flyover bridge. Notice the advances in the construction since photos 5 thru 8 on June 15th.

I-64 eastbound, approaching the under construction 2-lane ramp from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295. The flyover bridge is the higher bridge, and the original I-295 bridges are at the lower bridge level.
VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road, northbound. The former 2-lane road was widened to 4 lanes divided as part of this project, and this is at the south end of the segment that was widened. The Pouncey Tract Road 4-lane divided overpass bridge over I-64 is at the crest of the hill in the distance.
VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road, northbound. The former 2-lane road was widened to 4 lanes divided as part of this project, and this is near the south end of the segment that was widened. The Pouncey Tract Road 4-lane divided overpass bridge over I-64 is at the crest of the hill in the distance. There are sidewalks on each side of the bridge and the 0.58-mile-long roadway segment that was widened.

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By Scott M. Kozel, Roads to the Future

(Created 11-27-2008, updated 12-3-2008)