Route VA-288 Construction - August 2003

Here are 31 photos of Route VA-288 under construction, taken on August 23, 2003. Click the thumbnail photo for a larger photo (they range in size from 108 KB to 188 KB).

Route 288 construction, looking south. The section of VA-288 from VA-76 Powhite Parkway to Lucks Lane, opened to traffic in November 2002. Concrete paving is about to begin on the mainline roadways. The paved roadways are C-D roadways.
Route 288 construction, looking south. This photo was taken from the same vantage point as the previous photo, but it was taken with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens, instead of the 50mm (1.0x) regular lens used previously.
Route 288 construction, looking north, photo taken from Lucks Lane in Chesterfield County, a few minutes after the previous photo.
Route 288 construction, looking north. This photo was taken from the same vantage point as the previous photo, but it was taken with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens, instead of the 50mm (1.0x) regular lens used previously.
Route 288 construction, looking south from the Charter Colony Parkway overpass over VA-288. Visible in the distance, is the north end of the completed VA-288 section from VA-76 to north of Lucks Lane. The completed portion visible here is north of Lucks Lane and is not yet open to traffic. The large cut ahead was just completed. This is in Chesterfield County.
Route 288 construction, looking south from the Charter Colony Parkway overpass over VA-288. This photo was taken from the same vantage point as the previous photo, but it was taken with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens, instead of the 50mm (1.0x) regular lens used previously.
Looking north from where Charter Colony Parkway crosses VA-288. Heavy grading is under construction for the mainline of VA-288.
Looking north from where Charter Colony Parkway crosses VA-288. Heavy grading is under construction for the mainline of VA-288. This photo was taken from the same vantage point as the previous photo, but it was taken with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens, instead of the 50mm (1.0x) regular lens used previously. The interchange and overpass for Woolridge Road is under construction in the distance.
Looking south from the overpass where US-60 Midlothian Turnpike crosses VA-288. Heavy grading is under construction for the mainline of VA-288.
Looking south from the overpass where US-60 Midlothian Turnpike crosses VA-288. Heavy grading is under construction for the mainline of VA-288. This photo was taken from the same vantage point as the previous photo, but it was taken with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens, instead of the 50mm (1.0x) regular lens used previously. The overpass over the Norfolk-Southern Railway is under construction in the distance.
Looking north from the overpass where US-60 Midlothian Turnpike crosses VA-288. Fine grading is under construction on the mainline of VA-288.
Looking north from the overpass where US-60 Midlothian Turnpike crosses VA-288. Fine grading is under construction on the mainline of VA-288. This photo was taken from the same vantage point as the previous photo, but it was taken with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens, instead of the 50mm (1.0x) regular lens used previously.
A central mix concrete plant was set up on the southeast quadrant of the interchange between US-60 and VA-288. This will be utilized to produce the concrete for the VA-288 roadway between VA-76 Powhite Parkway and the Chesterfield-Powhatan county line.
Looking south from the VA-650 River Road overpass, photo of construction of the large earthwork cut just north of the 3,642-foot-long 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. This cut will be 1/2 mile long, a maximum of 65 feet deep, with a total of about 300,000 cubic yards of excavation to be removed from the cut.
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 photo was taken from the same vantage point as the previous photo, but it was taken with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens, instead of the 50mm (1.0x) regular lens used previously. In the far distance is the VA-711 interchange and bridge under construction.
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 photo was taken from a similar vantage point to the previous photo, but standing about 50 feet to the left. Notice the underground storm sewer system under construction in the future VA-288 median.
Looking south, photo of construction of the large earthwork cut just north of the VA-288 James River Bridge. The north end of the bridge can be seen through the trees at the right edge of the photo. Underground storm sewer construction is underway in the median between where the two roadways will be built. 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. This is in Goochland County, about 1/2 mile north of the James River. Underground storm sewer construction is underway in the median between where the two roadways will be built.
Looking north, heavy excavation for the construction of the VA-288 roadways. The VA-650 River Road bridge can be seen. This photo was taken from the same vantage point as the previous photo, but it was taken with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens, instead of the 50mm (1.0x) regular lens used previously. The slope to the right of the bridge, failed during heavy sustained Spring rains. The slope has been rebuilt, with a shielding of rip-rap stone.
Looking north from the VA-650 River Road overpass, photo of construction of the grading for the VA-288 roadways. This is in Goochland County.
Looking north from the VA-650 River Road overpass, photo of construction of the grading for the VA-288 roadways. This photo was taken from the same vantage point as the previous photo, but it was taken with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens, instead of the 50mm (1.0x) regular lens used previously. Aggregate base course has been placed on the southbound VA-288 roadway.
Looking west, on VA-6 Patterson Avenue in Goochland County. VA-6 is a 4-lane arterial which is being reconstructed with a bridge over VA-288. The reconstructed westbound VA-6 roadway has been completed with its bridge over VA-288, and two-lane two-way traffic is operating over it. Construction on the reconstructed VA-6 eastbound roadway is underway. This photo is from the east end of the connection. The reason why the roadway looks abrupt is because the photo was taken with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens.
Looking west, on VA-6 Patterson Avenue. I have passed over the bridge over VA-288, and am heading west.
Looking east, on VA-6 Patterson Avenue in Goochland County. This photo is from the west end of the connection.
Looking east, on VA-6 Patterson Avenue in Goochland County. I have passed over the bridge over VA-288, and am heading east.
Looking north, from VA-6 Patterson Avenue overpass, at VA-288 construction.
Looking north, from VA-6 Patterson Avenue overpass, at VA-288 construction. This photo was taken from the same vantage point as the previous photo, but it was taken with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens, instead of the 50mm (1.0x) regular lens used previously. Paving operations are underway.
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.
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 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. Two-lane traffic on existing two-lane VA-288 was just shifted through a temporary crossover onto the new northbound VA-288 bridge. A 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens accentuates the horizontal curvature of the highway, as the detour can be driven comfortably at 45 mph.
Looking east, widening of US-250 Broad Street Road, west of VA-288 interchange under construction. The unopened VA-288 overpasses under construction can be seen in the distance. The 2-lane US-250 is being widened to 6 lanes divided.

All photos taken by Scott Kozel.

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(Created 10-1-2003)