Route 895 Construction - June 2002 - Photos 16-19
Here are 4 photos of Route 895, taken on June 22, 2002.
Above, I'm standing on the VA-5 New Market Road overpass, looking west onto Route 895. This is also in the "bathtub" area. Notice the stormwater management basin on the right side of the highway.
The entire land portion of Route 895 has an enclosed stormwater management system. All storm water drainage is captured in a series of stormwater management basins, and you can see them adjacent to the highway as you drive it. The system can hold up to 6 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. This type of system is a recent new development in highway environmental design, and from what I understand it will be standard on future projects. The basins are large; they look like up to an acre each, so they do require extra right-of-way. Various combinations of ditches, drop inlets and underground pipes are used to channel the storm water from the roadways to the stormwater management basins. The basins have treatments that are designed to absorb the various roadway runoff effluents such as oil, grease, rubber particles, and metal particles. Periodic maintenance will extract the absorption layer and take it to a sludge treatment plant, and will replenish the absorption layer. So there is a significant extra cost to provide this system, but it is something that I am strongly in favor of.
Above, I'm standing on the VA-5 overpass, looking west onto Route 895. Same vantage point as previous photo, taken a few minutes later, but with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens instead of the 50mm (1.0x) regular lens used in the previous photo. The two mainline bridges cross over Cornelius Creek, and the westbound bridge has a spur bridge branching off to Ramp A, the westbound off ramp to the Laburnum Avenue Connection. The completed overpass bridge is for the Laburnum Avenue Connection.
Above, I'm standing on the VA-5 overpass, looking west onto Route 895. Similar to the topmost photo, but standing over the westbound roadway. The barrels channel the traffic onto the Laburnum Avenue exit, since the westbound roadway will temporarily end at Laburnum Avenue until the westbound Route 895 James River Bridge opens.
Above, I'm standing on the VA-5 overpass, looking west onto Route 895. Same vantage point as previous photo, taken a few minutes later, but with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens instead of the 50mm (1.0x) regular lens used in the previous photo. Again, notice the barrels and barricades that exit all westbound traffic to close the westbound roadway at that point. The westbound Route 895 roadway opened on May 22, 2002 from I-295 to Laburnum Avenue, along with the entire Route 895 eastbound roadway.
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