Route VA-288 Construction - March 2004

Here are 18 photos of Route VA-288 under construction, taken in March, 2004. Click the thumbnail photo for a larger photo (they range in size from 117 to 193 kilobytes, with most being less than 155 kilobytes).

The first 11 photos were taken in the first week of March.

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 earthwork cut ahead is complete, and fine grading is underway for the Route 288 roadways. The roadway grade is much dryer than it was as of last month (check last month's photos to see just how soggy the roadway grade was). 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.
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 earthwork cut ahead is complete. The slopes are being protected with rip-rap (heavy stone).
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 nearly complete for the mainline of VA-288, and fine grading is beginning. The roadway grade is much dryer than it was as of last month (check last month's photos to see just how soggy the roadway grade was).
Looking north from where Charter Colony Parkway crosses 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 in the distance.
Looking south, photo of the large earthwork cut just north of the 3,642-foot-long VA-288 James River Bridge. The north end of the bridge can be seen in the distance. Paving is underway on the northbound Route 288 roadway, and fine grading is underway on the Route 288 southbound roadway. This side of the river is in Goochland County, and the other side is in Powhatan County.
Looking south, photo of approach just north of the 3,642-foot-long VA-288 James River Bridge. The bridges can be seen ahead. 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 about the same spot that I was standing in the previous photo, heavy excavation has been completed in this area for the construction of the VA-288 roadways. Paving is underway on the northbound Route 288 roadway and fine grading is underway on the Route 288 southbound roadway. The VA-650 River Road bridge can be seen. This is in Goochland County, about 1/2 mile north of the James River.
Looking north, construction of the VA-288 roadways, the VA-650 River Road overpass 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 rains last year, and the slope is being rebuilt with a shielding of rip-rap stone.
Looking south from the VA-650 River Road overpass, photo of the large earthwork cut just north of the 3,642-foot-long (0.69-mile) James River Bridge, with the completed river bridges visible in the distance. Paving is underway on the northbound Route 288 roadway, and fine grading is underway on the Route 288 southbound roadway.

The following 2 photos were taken in the middle of March.

Looking south from the VA-650 River Road overpass, photo of the large earthwork cut just north of the VA-288 James River Bridge, with the completed river bridges visible in the distance. Paving is underway on the northbound Route 288 roadway, and fine grading is underway on the Route 288 southbound roadway. This is the same vantage point as the previous photo, and the progress can be seen in the fine grading on the southbound VA-288 roadway.
Looking south from the VA-650 River Road overpass. This photo was taken from a similar vantage point as the previous photo, but standing about 100 feet to the left. Aggregate base material has been placed for the northbound roadway, and placement of asphalt base material is underway.

The following 5 photos were taken in the last week of March.

Looking south, photo 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. Paving is now underway on the VA-288 southbound roadway, with the placement of asphalt base material. This side of the river is in Goochland County, and the other side is in Powhatan County.
Looking south, photo 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. 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 about the same spot that I was standing in the previous photo, construction of the VA-288 roadways. The VA-650 River Road bridge can be seen. Paving is now underway on the VA-288 southbound roadway, with the placement of asphalt base material. This is in Goochland County, about 1/2 mile north of the James River.
Looking north, 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.
Looking south from the VA-650 River Road overpass, photo of the large earthwork cut just north of the VA-288 James River Bridge, with the completed river bridges visible in the distance. Paving is now underway on the VA-288 southbound roadway, with the placement of asphalt base material. In the far distance is the VA-711 Huguenot Trail interchange and bridge under construction.

Lead article for Route VA-288 Construction - Western Section

All photos taken by Scott Kozel.

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By Scott M. Kozel, Roads to the Future

(Created 5-2-2004)