Route VA-288 Construction - January 2003

Here are 12 photos of Route VA-288 under construction, taken in January, 2003. Click the thumbnail photo for a larger photo (they range in size from 60 KB to 123 KB).

The 4-lane overpass bridge for VA-711 Huguenot Trail under construction over VA-288's construction. Notice the Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) backwalls being constructed at the abutments. VA-711 will have a diamond interchange with VA-288. This is in Powhatan County.
The 4-lane overpass bridge for VA-711 Huguenot Trail under construction over VA-288's construction. Looking north, over the southbound VA-288 roadway.
The 4-lane overpass bridge for VA-711 Huguenot Trail under construction over VA-288's construction. Looking north, over the northbound VA-288 roadway.
Looking north, heavy excavation for the construction of the VA-288 roadways. Large backhoes and large dump trucks are being used to excavate this cut. There is a major earthwork cut in this area, for the highway mainline roadways that descend downgrade to the James River Bridge about 1/4 mile to the right of where I am standing. VA-650 River Road crosses VA-288 on a new overpass bridge. This is in Goochland County.
Looking north, heavy excavation for the construction of 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. The River Road bridge can be seen.
The 4-lane overpass bridge for VA-6 Patterson Avenue is under construction over VA-288's mainline roadway construction. Notice the Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) backwalls being constructed at the abutments. VA-6 will have a cloverleaf interchange with VA-288, and VA-6 is a 4-lane arterial that has a 2-lane temporary roadway to carry its traffic through the interchange construction area. This is in Goochland County. Another Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) website.
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 concrete deck has been poured on the northbound span. 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; that is the completed highway that is open to traffic. 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.
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.
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.
From outside of the right-of-way, looking at the bridge over Tuckahoe Creek, on the ramp under construction from northbound VA-288 to I-64 eastbound.
I-64 eastbound, approaching the VA-288 three-level semi-directional interchange under construction. The steel girders have been placed on the lower bridge, which will carry traffic from westbound I-64 to southbound VA-288. Girder placement is just beginning on the upper bridge, which will carry traffic from northbound VA-288 to westbound I-64. Notice the Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) backwalls being constructed at the abutments.
The first girders have been placed on the upper level bridge of the VA-288/I-64 interchange.

All photos taken by Scott Kozel.

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By Scott M. Kozel, Roads to the Future

(Created 3-2-2003)