I-64 / I-295 Interchange Modification Project Photos - October 2007

This article has 38 photos that were taken in October 2007 by Roads to the Future.

The following 9 photos were taken on October 7, 2007 by Roads to the Future. Click on the photo to get a large version of the photo. The large photos have sizes ranging from 120 to 227 kilobytes, with most of them being under 167 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.

New VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass for the northbound 2-lane portion of the bridge. It opened to traffic in the first week of October and it will carry 2-lane 2-way traffic until the southbound 2-lane portion of the bridge is constructed. Heading northbound.
New VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass for the northbound 2-lane portion of the bridge. It opened to traffic in the first week of October and it will carry 2-lane 2-way traffic until the southbound 2-lane portion of the bridge is constructed. Heading northbound.

Notice the permanent bridge parapet with metal rails on the right, and the temporary concrete barrier parapet on the left.

New VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass for the northbound 2-lane portion of the bridge. It opened to traffic in the first week of October and it will carry 2-lane 2-way traffic until the southbound 2-lane portion of the bridge is constructed. Heading southbound.

Notice the permanent bridge parapet with metal rails on the left, and the temporary concrete barrier parapet on the right.

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.

This and the next 2 photos are in the same driving sequence.

View from the I-295 temporary roadway for the interchange ramp movement from eastbound I-64 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.
View from the I-295 temporary roadway for the interchange ramp movement from eastbound I-64 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.
Steel beam placement has begun for the 2-lane flyover bridge from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). The I-64 eastbound roadway is visible to the left, and the completed construction of the piers for the flyover bridge, and the completed construction of the Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) retaining walls on the earthen fill approach to the flyover bridge. Vantage point is from the I-295 overpass over I-64. In the distance is the VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass, and the construction of the new Pouncey Tract Road overpass.
Steel beam placement has begun for the 2-lane flyover bridge from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk).
Steel beam placement has begun 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. This is the same span as the one in the previous 2 photos.

The following 12 photos were taken on October 14, 2007 by Roads to the Future. Click on the photo to get a large version of the photo. The large photos have sizes ranging from 136 to 210 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.

I-295 westbound ends a couple hundred feet ahead, 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 replaced that plan.

The loop ramp from westbound I-295 to eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) curves to the right.

Steel beam placement has begun 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.

The steel bridge beams are lying on the ground, and the two cranes will lift them and place them on the piers.

I-64 westbound, one mile east of the VA-288 interchange, a third lane is being constructed on the right.

Excavation and grading has been completed for the new lane.

I-64 westbound, one mile east of the VA-288 interchange, a third lane is being constructed on the right.
I-64 westbound, one half mile east of the VA-288 interchange, a third lane is being constructed on the right. The third right lane to the VA-288 interchange, begins ahead, and the current construction project ends. The third right lane will extend seamlessly between the I-295 and VA-288 interchanges. Notice the overhead sign for the exit to VA-288 southbound.
I-64 westbound, one half mile east of the VA-288 interchange, a third lane is being constructed on the right.
I-64 westbound, one mile east of the VA-288 interchange, a third lane is being constructed on the right.

Excavation and grading has been completed for the new lane.

Edge-on view of I-64 westbound, showing the layers of the existing roadway pavement, exposed by the excavation for the new lane in the foreground.

Notice the concrete barricade that has been placed along the edge of the roadway, in order to separate the construction area from the highway traffic. The concrete barricade has the New Jersey Barrier shape, and is temporarily placed in linked segments, and the VDOT term for that particular contract pay item is Concrete Traffic Barrier Service.

Edge-on view of I-64 westbound, closer view, showing the layers of the existing roadway pavement, exposed by the excavation for the new lane in the foreground. The top layer is asphalt concrete, the middle layer is aggregate base material (crushed stone mixed with sand), and the bottom layer is select soil subgrade.
I-64 westbound, one mile east of the VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass (visible in the far distance), a third lane is being constructed on the right. The third right lane will extend seamlessly between the I-295 and VA-288 interchanges. The farthest piece (a couple hundred feet away) of equipment is a scraper pan, which is an earthmover device that typically can scrape up a layer of 15 cubic yards (or more depending on the size of the scraper pan) of soil and haul it to another place on the project and deposit it in a layer.
I-64 westbound, one mile east of the VA-288 interchange, a third lane is being constructed on the right.

Aggregate base material is being placed for the new lane.

I-64 westbound, one mile east of the VA-288 interchange, a third lane is being constructed on the right.

The following 14 photos were taken on October 20, 2007 by Roads to the Future. Click on the photo to get a large version of the photo. The large photos have sizes ranging from 157 to 252 kilobytes, with most of them being under 194 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 westbound, approaching the I-295 overpasses, with the eastbound flyover ramp construction just beyond the I-295 overpasses.
I-64 westbound, under the I-295 overpasses, with the eastbound flyover construction visible overhead. Steel beam placement is underway.
I-64 westbound, with the eastbound flyover construction visible in the center of the photo. 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 will begin, with the steel beams to be placed beginning on the abutment.
Steel beam placement has begun for the 2-lane flyover bridge from eastbound I-64 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 VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass, and the construction of the new Pouncey Tract Road overpass.

Steel beam placement has begun for the 2-lane flyover bridge from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). The I-64 eastbound roadway is visible to the left, and the completed construction of the piers for the flyover bridge, and the completed construction of the Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) retaining walls on the earthen fill approach to the flyover bridge. Vantage point is from the I-295 overpass over I-64.
Steel beam placement has begun for the 2-lane flyover bridge from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk).
Steel beam placement has begun 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. This is the same span as the one in the previous 3 photos.
Steel beam placement has begun 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.
Steel beam placement has begun 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. Wide-angle shot.
I-64 westbound, one mile east of the VA-288 interchange, a third lane is being constructed on the right. Aggregate base material has been placed for the new lane.

Notice the concrete barricade that has been placed along the edge of the roadway, in order to separate the construction area from the highway traffic. The concrete barricade has the New Jersey Barrier shape, and is temporarily placed in linked segments, and the VDOT term for that particular contract pay item is Concrete Traffic Barrier Service.

I-64 westbound, one half mile east of the VA-288 interchange, a third lane is being constructed on the right. The third right lane to the VA-288 interchange, begins ahead, and the current construction project ends. The third right lane will extend seamlessly between the I-295 and VA-288 interchanges. Notice the overhead sign for the exit to VA-288 southbound. Aggregate base material has been placed for the new lane.
Construction for the eastbound flyover bridge, adjacent to eastbound I-64, for the eastbound flyover ramp to I-295. Looking in the direction that traffic will flow over the flyover bridge. Photo taken from the loading dock area for a Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse store that was built about 10 years ago. There is less than 100 feet separating the Lowe's property and the under construction new roadway for the flyover bridge. The Lowe's property is adjacent to the entire length of the elevated earthen fill approach to the flyover bridge.
I-64 looking eastward over the westbound roadway, from the VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass. The ramp from westbound I-295 to westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville), enters I-64 from the left side of the photo. This one-lane ramp is being widened to two lanes, and is being relocated in two places to provide a higher-speed alignment. The wide graded area to the left is one of the places where a ramp curve will be lessened. Notice the flyover bridge piers that have been constructed, and the steel bridge beams that have been placed, and the I-295 overpasses in the distance.
Zoom-in excerpt from previous photo. Notice the flyover bridge piers that have been constructed, and the steel bridge beams that have been placed, and the I-295 overpasses in the distance.

The following 3 photos were taken on October 21, 2007 by Roads to the Future. Click on the photo to get a large version of the photo. The large photos have sizes ranging from 158 to 181 kilobytes, with most of them being under 171 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 eastbound, approaching the VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass, two new lanes will be constructed on the right, for the roadway to the eastbound flyover ramp to I-295.

The northbound 2-lane portion of the VA-271 new bridge opened to traffic in the first week of October and it will carry 2-lane 2-way traffic until the southbound 2-lane portion of the bridge is constructed. The original 2-lane bridge is being dismantled, and the southbound 2-lane portion of the new bridge will be constructed on nearly the same location as the original bridge.

I-64 eastbound, approaching the Pouncey Tract Road overpass.

The original VA-271 bridge's span over eastbound I-64 has been removed, and the original bridge's span over westbound I-64 has not yet been removed.

I-64 eastbound, approaching the Pouncey Tract Road overpass.

Lead article - I-64 / I-295 Interchange Modification Project

All photos by Scott Kozel.

This article was released on November 7, 2007, with the 9 photos of October 7, 2007, and with the 12 photos of October 14, 2007. The 14 photos of October 20, 2007, and the 3 photos of October 21, 2007, were added on December 1, 2007.

Copyright 2007 by Scott Kozel. All rights reserved. Reproduction, reuse, or distribution without permission is prohibited.

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By Scott M. Kozel, Roads to the Future

(Created 11-7-2007, last updated on 12-1-2007)