Route VA-288 Construction - July 2003

Here are 6 photos of Route VA-288 under construction, taken in late July, 2003. Click the thumbnail photo for a larger photo (they range in size from 149 KB to 163 KB).

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. Earthwork operations are underway in this photo, with the heavy grading of this cut almost complete. This is in Chesterfield 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 is being rebuilt, with a shielding of rip-rap stone.
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 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. 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.

All photos taken by Scott Kozel.

Copyright 2003 by Scott Kozel. All rights reserved. Reproduction, reuse, or distribution without permission is prohibited.

Lead article for Richmond Beltway (I-295 and VA-288)

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By Scott M. Kozel, Roads to the Future

(Created 9-1-2003)