Route VA-288 Construction - June 2003

Here are 8 photos of Route VA-288 under construction, taken in June, 2003. Click the thumbnail photo for a larger photo (they range in size from 118 KB to 181 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.

The original plan when this section was let as a standard VDOT project in 1999, was to first build the collecter-distributor (C-D) roadways on VA-288 to serve the VA-76 interchange. These C-D roadways are each over a mile long, and each is a 2-lane freeway standard roadway, and all the ramps with VA-76 intersect the C-D roadways, and 3 of the 4 Lucks Lane ramps intersect the C-D roadways. The C-D roadways would seamlessly connect with the permanent mainline roadways to the south and north of there.  Mainline 2-lane roadways, one each way, would be constructed in the future in the median between the C-D roadways, relegating the C-D roadways to their true C-D purposes. Construction began in spring 1999 on the 2-mile-long section of VA-288 between VA-76 Powhite Parkway and Charter Colony Parkway in Chesterfield County. When the PPTA $236 million agreement was finalized in May 2001 to complete the remaining 11 miles of the 17.5-mile-long western section of VA-288 to full 4-lane freeway standards, the PPTA project also included building the aforementioned mainline VA-288 roadways between the C-D roadways in the VA-76 and Lucks Lane interchange area. Those mainline roadways are being built now with continuously reinforced concrete paving about to start, and this construction will complete the ultimate design of the interchange between VA-288, VA-76 and Lucks Lane. That construction, and all VA-288 construction, is scheduled to be completed by October 2003.

Route 288 construction, looking north, construction of VA-288, photo taken from Lucks Lane in Chesterfield County, a few minutes after the previous photo.
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. 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 east, 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. A temporary 2-lane roadway about 3/4 mile long is carrying the VA-6 traffic while the adjacent section of VA-6 is being reconstructed. The temporary roadway is visible to the right.

Looking west, on VA-6 Patterson Avenue, at the east end of the VA-6 reconstruction area discussed with the previous photo. The detour ahead is negotiable at 45 mph, and the reason why it looks abrupt is because the photo was taken with a 135mm (2.7x) telephoto lens. Placement of aggregate base is near completion on the VA-6 connection, with asphalt paving about to begin.

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 8-1-2003)