Route VA-288 Construction - April 2003

Here are 13 photos of Route VA-288 under construction, taken in April, 2003. Click the thumbnail photo for a larger photo (they range in size from 86 KB to 189 KB).

Looking south from the VA-650 River Road overpass, photo of construction of the large earthwork cut just north of the VA-288 James River Bridge, with the completed river bridges visible in the distance. This side of the river is in Goochland County, and the other side is in Powhatan County.

Looking north, heavy excavation for the construction of the VA-288 roadways. The VA-650 River Road bridge can be seen. The slope to the right of the bridge, failed during recent heavy sustained rains, due to the fact that insufficient new grass was in place. The slope is being rebuilt.

Looking north, about 1/2 mile north of West Creek Parkway in Goochland County. Construction on the western portion of VA-288 began in 1995 in Goochland County with a 3.9-mile-long project between West Creek Parkway and US-250 Broad Street Road, and the project was completed in 1997 as a 2-lane freeway on a 4-lane right-of-way. The roadway that I am on is the one that was completed in 1997. The current project is building a parallel roadway for northbound traffic, and that roadway can be seen under construction to the right. The overpass is Broad Branch Drive, a new local road that is under construction to provide southerly access to the Capital One complex that is under construction.

Looking north, about 1/2 mile north of West Creek Parkway in Goochland County. The overpass is Broad Branch Drive, a new local road that is under construction. Bridges on mainline are over Broad Branch Creek. The overpass construction in the distance is for Tuckahoe Creek Parkway. Same vantage point as previous photo, but taken with a 135 mm telephoto lens (the previous photo was taken with a 50 mm regular lens).

Looking north, about 1/2 mile north of West Creek Parkway in Goochland County. Bridges on mainline are over Broad Branch Creek.

Looking north, about 1/2 mile north of West Creek Parkway in Goochland County. Bridges on mainline are over Broad Branch Creek. The overpass construction in the distance is for Tuckahoe Creek Parkway. Same vantage point as previous photo, but taken with a 135 mm telephoto lens (the previous photo was taken with a 50 mm regular lens).

Looking north, existing VA-288 roadway with construction of the parallel northbound roadway. Photo taken from the vantage point of the Capital One Southern Access Road (Broad Branch Drive) overpass over VA-288. The twin bridges in the VA-288 roadways cross Broad Branch Creek. Northbound roadway paving is complete except for the top surface layer. Overhead signs are under construction.

Looking north, existing VA-288 roadway with construction of the parallel northbound roadway. Same vantage point as previous photo, but taken with a 135 mm telephoto lens (the previous photo was taken with a 50 mm regular lens). The twin bridges in the VA-288 roadways cross Broad Branch Creek. The overpass in the distance is the Tuckahoe Parkway under construction, and that road will have a full cloverleaf interchange with VA-288.

Looking north, photo of construction of VA-288. Similar vantage point to previous two photos, but to the left, over the other VA-288 roadway.

 

Looking south, photo of construction of VA-288. Photo taken from the vantage point of the Capital One Southern Access Road (Broad Branch Drive) overpass over VA-288. The West Creek Parkway interchange with VA-288 is under construction in the distance.

Looking north, photo of construction of the parallel northbound span of the VA-288 Tuckahoe Creek Bridge in Goochland County about 1/2 mile south of US-250 Broad Street Road. The earthen fills in the distance rise upward to the overpasses that are under construction over US-250 Broad Street Road. The interchange between VA-288 and US-250 will be a half cloverleaf interchange to the south, with full interchange movements provided between the two highways. No ramps were built to the north of US-250, because of the closeness to Interstate I-64; the I-64 interchange with VA-288 is under construction about 1/2 mile north of the US-250 interchange. A 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens accentuates the horizontal curvature of the highway. Overhead signs are under construction.

I-64 eastbound, approaching the VA-288 three-level semi-directional interchange under construction. The steel girder placement is complete on both bridges, and reinforced concrete roadway deck construction is underway. These bridges are built on a horizontal curve, and the steel girders are of a continuous beam design and they are horizontally curved.

I-64 eastbound, approaching the VA-288 three-level semi-directional interchange under construction. Closer than previous photo. Notice the Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) backwalls being constructed at the abutments. Another Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) website.

All photos taken by Scott Kozel.

Copyright 2003 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 6-1-2003)