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 Springfield Interchange Project Photos - January 2006

The following 20 photos show various aerial views of the Springfield Interchange Improvement Project construction.

These photos were taken on January 28, 2006 by the Virginia Department of Transportation, and are posted here with their permission. Roads to the Future utilized PhotoDeluxe Business Edition to sharpen and brighten all of the photos. Click on the photo to get a large version of the photo. In later versions of Netscape and Internet Explorer, you probably will need to use Full Screen mode (the F11 key can be utilized to swap back and forth between Full Screen and Regular) to see the full size of the large photo without browser-induced image shrinkage. The large photos have sizes ranging from 145 to 204 kilobytes, with most of them being under 185 kilobytes. The photos are in sequence as taken from a helicopter as it made a couple loops around the interchange area.

I-95/I-395/I-495 interchange construction, looking northeast.
I-95/I-395/I-495 interchange construction, looking north.
I-95/I-395/I-495 interchange construction, looking north. The Beltway (I-95/I-495 and I-495) runs left-right, and Shirley Highway (I-95 and I-395) runs bottom to top. The long elevated bridges are the 2-lane express flyover ramp from the Beltway Inner Loop (from Wilson Bridge) to I-95 south, and the 2-lane flyover ramp from I-95 north to the Beltway Outer Loop (to Wilson Bridge) which opened to traffic on January 19, 2006.
I-95/I-395/I-495 interchange construction, looking north.
I-95/I-395/I-495 interchange construction, looking northwest.
I-95/I-395/I-495 interchange construction, looking northwest. The red beams visible in the left of the photo are at the beginning of the 3-lane ramp under construction that will connect I-95 northbound to the Beltway Inner Loop (to Tysons Corner), and the row of bridge piers for this ramp are visible as they curve to the left. Steel girders will be placed across the tops of the piers and the reinforced concrete roadway deck will be constructed on top of the girders.
I-95/I-395/I-495 interchange construction, looking west.
I-95/I-395/I-495 interchange construction, looking west along the Beltway toward Tysons Corner. The long elevated bridge is the 2-lane express flyover ramp from the Beltway Inner Loop (from Wilson Bridge) to I-95 south. The elevated bridge in the upper left of the photo, is the 2-lane express flyover ramp from I-95 northbound to the Beltway Outer Loop (to Wilson Bridge), which opened to traffic on January 19, 2006.
I-95/I-395/I-495 interchange construction, looking west.
I-95/I-395/I-495 interchange construction, looking west.
I-95/I-395/I-495 interchange construction, looking southwest. The long elevated bridge is the 2-lane express flyover ramp from the Beltway Inner Loop (from Wilson Bridge) to I-95 south. The elevated bridge in the upper left of the photo, is the 2-lane express flyover ramp from I-95 northbound to the Beltway Outer Loop (to Wilson Bridge) which opened to traffic on January 19, 2006.
I-95/I-395/I-495 interchange construction, looking southwest.
I-95/I-395/I-495 interchange construction, looking southwest.
I-95/VA-644 interchange, (reconstruction completed except for I-95 southbound roadway which is part of Phase 6 & 7 now under construction), looking north. I-95 runs bottom to top, and VA-644 runs left to right. The Beltway interchange (I-95/I-395/I-495) is visible in the distance. The 4-lane arterial which runs up-down along the left edge of the photo, is Backlick Road, and it has a grade separation over VA-644 Old Keene Mill Road. The new 2-lane I-95 northbound direct movement to the Beltway Outer Loop (toward Wilson Bridge), begins just south of the southern most ramp of the VA-644 interchange.
I-95/VA-644 interchange, looking north.
I-95/VA-644 interchange, looking north. I-95 runs bottom to top, and VA-644 runs left to right. The new 2-lane I-95 northbound direct movement to the Beltway Outer Loop (toward Wilson Bridge), begins in the lower left of the photo, and it is the "darker, fresher looking" pavement.
I-95/VA-644 interchange, looking northwest.
I-95/VA-644 interchange, looking northwest. I-95 runs lower-left to upper-right, and VA-644 runs left to right. Loisdale Road is visible in the lower right of the photo, and that road was expanded in the SIIP, including Commerce Street which is the continuation of Loisdale Road as it passes under the Old Keene Mill Road overpass (also built in the SIIP) and then loops over I-95 on the expanded Commerce Street viaduct.
I-95/I-395/I-495 interchange construction, looking south toward Richmond. The Beltway runs left-right, and Shirley Highway runs up-down. Shirley Highway (I-95 south of the Beltway and I-395 north of the Beltway) has 3 mainline lanes each way and a 2-lane reversible roadway for high occupancy vehicle (HOV) traffic, and the reversible roadway is between the two general purpose roadways. The I-95/VA-644 interchange is in the distance. Just right of the center of the photo, the under-construction new bridges are visible, for the relocated southbound I-395 roadway and the relocated reversible I-395 roadway, over the Beltway Inner Loop.
I-95/I-395/I-495 interchange construction, looking south toward Richmond. The curved bridge near the right lower edge of the photo, is on the recently opened collector-distributor roadway that carries traffic from southbound I-395 to VA-644 at Springfield.

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By Scott M. Kozel, Capital Beltway dot com, Roads to the Future

(Created 2-5-2006, moved to capital-beltway.com on 3-16-2007)