I-95 James River Bridge Restoration - Photos

The next 9 photos were taken by VDOT, and were on their I-95 Bridge website. Click the thumbnail photo for a larger photo (they range in size from 12 KB to 48 KB).

Crews begin closing lanes.

The "Zipper Machine" in action, shifting the movable concrete median barrier over one lane.

 

Looking north from the Maury Street overpass, showing the closure of the northbound bridge, with one lane of northbound traffic being detoured to the southbound bridge.

 

Traffic heading north is compressed to one lane south of the Maury Street interchange.
Crews use a saw to cut out the old bridge segment.
A prefabricated segment is hauled on the bridge from the nearby casting yard.
Crews set the new segment into place.
The old segment is removed, creating a gap in the bridge surface that is prepared for the new bridge segment.
Time delay "bulb" shot of the highway at night.

The next 5 aerial photos were taken of the I-95 James River Bridge, in February 2003, and they show the finished product. I took the photos on two different days to get different lighting and different angles. I took the photos from the 19th floor of the James Monroe state office building, which is right next to I-95 in downtown Richmond. The building is 25 stories tall, and at 460 feet tall is the tallest building in Richmond. The view is southward. The elevated interchange with the bridge is with the VA-195 Downtown Expressway. Click the thumbnail photo for a larger photo (they range in size from 136 KB to 158 KB).

Taken with wide angle lens (35 mm). Photo encompasses almost the entire bridge.
Taken with regular lens (50 mm, or 1.0x).
Taken with wide angle lens (35 mm). Photo encompasses almost the entire bridge. The building on the lower left is Main Street Station, which is the historic train station which is being renovated for restored intercity train service to the downtown.
 

Taken with regular lens (50 mm). Photo encompasses almost the entire bridge.

 

Taken with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens, instead of the 50mm (1.0x) regular lens used previously.

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Lead article for I-95 James River Bridge Reconstruction

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By Scott M. Kozel, Roads to the Future

(Created 5-3-2003)