Route 895 Construction - October 2001 - Photos 5-8
The four photos on this page were taken on October 8th.
Above, I'm standing on the Wilton Road overpass bridge, which on this day was four weeks before opening to traffic (I first noticed it open on November 6th and I make weekly trips to the project). I am looking west onto Route 895. The James River Bridge construction is visible in the distance. Asphalt paving on this section has been completed with the base and intermediate layers, with the surface layer and shoulder paving to be placed later. The toll plazas are visible under construction directly ahead. The highway mainline has three lanes in each direction on this section, and the outer lane each way branches from the mainline into the manual and automatic cash toll plazas. The center and inner lanes each way continue as full freeway-standard mainline roadways, and an overhead gantry has the electronic equipment for electronic toll collection, and these two lanes each way are to be used only by Smart Tag customers. So Smart Tag customers have a bonifide freeway roadway where they can maintain the full posted speed limit on the highway.
Above, I'm standing on the Wilton Road overpass bridge, looking west onto Route 895. Similar to previous photo, but I'm standing over the eastbound mainline roadway.
Above, I'm standing on the Wilton Road overpass bridge, looking west onto Route 895. Similar to previous photo, but I'm standing over the eastbound toll plaza roadway.
Above, I'm standing on the Wilton Road overpass bridge, looking west onto Route 895. This photo was taken from the same vantage point as the previous photo, taken a few minutes later, but with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens instead of the 50mm regular lens used in previous photo. The east approach embankment fill can be seen, with the James River Bridge construction visible just beyond that.
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By Scott M. Kozel,Roads to the Future