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

This article has 21 photos, with 9 photos by VDOT, and 12 photos by Roads to the Future.

The following 9 photos were taken on October 7, 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 337 to 445 kilobytes, with most of them being under 425 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.

The third lane on I-64 eastbound (toward Richmond) is about to open, from VA-288 to I-295, along with the 2-lane semi-directional flyover ramp for the movement from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). The bridge is 1,765 feet long and 35 feet above I-64. It appears that all paving, guardrail, line painting, and signing has been completed for this new high-speed (design speed 101 kph or 63 mph) freeway-standard movement.

I-64/I-295 interchange, looking north across the Short Pump area. I-64 runs from the lower right (toward Richmond) to the upper left (toward Charlottesville), and I-295 runs to the center right. The 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 flyover bridge is 1,765 feet long and 35 feet above I-64. The VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass over I-64 is to the left. The ramp from westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk) is to the right, and the existing one-lane ramp is being widened to two lanes.
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 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. The I-64 northerly ramps for the US-250 Broad Street interchange are visible in the bottom edge of the photo, and widening is underway to add a fourth lane each way on I-64 between US-250 and I-295.
I-64/I-295 interchange, looking west 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 center right. The 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 middle part of the photo.
This is a zoom-in excerpt (size 563 kilobytes) from the previous photo.
LARGE PHOTO

I-64/I-295 interchange, the curving bridge is the new flyover bridge, the two smaller bridges to the lower 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.

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 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 (visible at bottom of photo). 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.

Looking north across the Short Pump area. I-64 runs from the left (toward Charlottesville) to the right (toward Richmond) in the center of the photo, and US-250 Broad Street runs from the left to the right in the lower part of the photo. The road that runs from the lower left to the upper center, is Pump Road south of US-250 and is VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road north (above) US-250. The 0.58-mile-long segment of Pouncey Tract Road that was widened from 2 lanes to 4 lanes divided in this project, is visible as the segment in the center of the photo, that has the darker gray roadways and the lighter white concrete median and curb-and-gutter.
This is a zoom-in excerpt (size 278 kilobytes) from the previous photo.
LARGE PHOTO

The 0.58-mile-long segment of VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road that was widened from 2 lanes to 4 lanes divided as part of this project. It is visible as the segment in the center of the photo, that has the darker gray roadways and the lighter white concrete median and curb-and-gutter.

I-64/I-295 interchange, looking east across the Short Pump area. I-64 runs from the lower right (toward Charlottesville) to the upper center (toward Richmond). I-295 runs to the center left. The 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 center to center right, and this photo shows almost the entire segment that was widened from 2 lanes to 4 lanes divided as part of this project, and the intersection at the bottom of the photo is the northern limit of the Pouncey Tract Road widening.
I-64/I-295 interchange, looking east across the Short Pump area. I-64 runs from the bottom (toward Charlottesville) to the top (toward Richmond), and I-295 runs to the center left. The 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, and the third westbound lane was opened to traffic a month ago. The third lane on I-64 eastbound (toward Richmond) is about to open, from VA-288 to I-295, along with the 2-lane semi-directional flyover ramp for the movement from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). The bridge is 1,765 feet long and 35 feet above I-64. It appears that all paving, guardrail, line painting, and signing has been completed for this new high-speed (design speed 101 kph or 63 mph) freeway-standard movement.

This is a zoom-in excerpt (size 774 kilobytes) from the previous photo.
LARGE PHOTO

I-64/I-295 interchange, the curving bridge in the upper part 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).

The VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass over I-64 is in the center the photo. Notice the widening on the outside of I-64 for the transitions to and from the semi-directional ramps to I-295.

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 center left. The 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, and the third westbound lane (toward Charlottesville) was opened to traffic a month ago.
I-64/I-295 interchange in center, looking east across the Short Pump area. I-64 runs from the lower left (toward Charlottesville) to the upper right (toward Richmond), and I-295 runs to the center left. The 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). US-250 Broad Street is a 6-lane divided thoroughfare, and it runs from the lower right corner of the photo to the upper right. Notice in the distance where I-64 and US-250 cross; that is the location of the I-64/US-250 Short Pump Interchange, I-64 Exit 178. The large shopping mall with the oval ring road, is the Short Pump Town Center.

The following 12 photos were taken on October 26 and November 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 188 to 287 kilobytes, with most of them being under 218 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 October 26, 2008

I-64 eastbound and westbound roadways to the left, looking over the approach roadway of the 2-lane ramp that includes flyover bridge from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). Vantage point is from the VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass. Wide-angle photo.

The third lane on I-64 eastbound (toward Richmond) is about to open, from VA-288 to I-295, along with the 2-lane semi-directional flyover ramp for the movement from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). The bridge is 1,765 feet long and 35 feet above I-64. It appears that all paving, guardrail, line painting, and signing has been completed for this new high-speed (design speed 101 kph or 63 mph) freeway-standard movement.

Telephoto photo from the same vantage point as the previous photo.

This new ramp will open soon.

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 (design speed 110 kph or 68 mph).
I-64 looking eastward over the westbound roadway, from the VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass. Same vantage point as previous photo, telephoto view. In the distance is the flyover bridge from eastbound I-64 (toward Richmond) to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk).

Photos below taken on November 2, 2008

I-64 looking westward from over the I-64 eastbound roadway (toward Richmond), from the VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass. Two new lanes have been constructed on the left of the photo, for the approach roadway to the 2-lane semi-directional flyover ramp for the movement from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). A new mainline lane has been constructed, to widen eastbound I-64 to 3 lanes between VA-288 and I-295.

This new ramp will open soon.

Telephoto photo from the same vantage point as the previous photo.
I-64 looking westward from over the I-64 westbound roadway (toward Charlottesville), from the VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass. A new lane has been constructed on the right, to widen westbound I-64 to 3 lanes between I-295 and VA-288, and that lane opened to traffic a month ago. The fourth lane that is merging in on the right is from the ramp from westbound I-295 to westbound I-64 (toward Charlottesville), the one-lane ramp that is being widened to two lanes and being relocated in two places to provide a higher-speed alignment (design speed 110 kph or 68 mph).
Telephoto photo from the same vantage point as the previous photo.

Photos below taken on October 26, 2008

I-64 eastbound (toward Richmond), approaching the entrance to the not-yet-opened new 2-lane ramp from eastbound I-64 to eastbound I-295 (toward Washington and Norfolk). The VA-271 Pouncey Tract Road overpass is ahead.

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, and the third westbound lane was opened to traffic a month ago. The third eastbound lane, to the right, will open soon.

I-64 eastbound, passing the entrance to the not-yet-opened new 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. 

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 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.

I-64 westbound (toward Charlottesville), approaching the bridges to and from I-295. The flyover bridge is the higher bridge, and the original I-295 bridges are at the lower bridge level.
I-64 westbound (toward Charlottesville), one mile east of the VA-288 interchange, a third lane was constructed on the right. 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, and the third westbound lane was opened to traffic a month ago.

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