Route VA-288 Construction - January 2004

Here are 7 photos of Route VA-288 under construction, taken in January, 2004. Click the thumbnail photo for a larger photo (they range in size from 109 to 180 kilobytes, with most being less than 145 KB).

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 is 1/2 mile long, a maximum of about 65 feet deep, with a total of about 300,000 cubic yards of excavation 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 placement of aggregate base material for the northbound roadway, with the beginning of placement of asphalt base material.
Looking north from the VA-650 River Road overpass, photo of construction of the grading for the VA-288 roadways.  Notice the placement of aggregate base material for the northbound roadway. This is in Goochland County.
Looking south, from VA-6 Patterson Avenue overpass, at VA-288 construction. This photo was taken with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens, which accentuates the sharpness of the highway curve, which is designed for 65 mph travel. Notice the placement of aggregate base material on both roadways.
Looking south, the vantage point is just south of US-250 Broad Street Road, and the bridges in the distance are over Tuckahoe Creek. This section of Route 288 opened to traffic on December 22, 2003, from just south of the Tuckahoe Creek Bridge to I-64, joining seamlessly with the 2-lane 3.5-mile-long section of Route 288 that was opened in 1997 between US-250 and West Creek Parkway.
Looking south, on the section of VA-288 that opened to traffic in December 2003. This vantage point is a few hundred yards south of the previous photo, approaching the bridges over Tuckahoe Creek. The barrels and lane markings make the temporary transition down to the 2-lane 3.5-mile-long section of Route 288 that was opened in 1997 between US-250 and West Creek Parkway, and the parallel 2-lane roadway on that section will open to traffic in Spring 2004.

Lead article for Route VA-288 Construction - Western Section

All photos taken by Scott Kozel.

Copyright 2004 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 3-1-2004, updated 4-2-2004)