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  Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project Photos - April 2012

The following 9 photos show various aerial views of the I-95/I-495 Woodrow Wilson Bridge (WWB) Project construction, including the Virginia VA-241 Telegraph Road Interchange construction.

These photos were taken on April 11, 2012 by the Virginia Department of Transportation, and are posted here with their permission. Roads to the Future utilized Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 to sharpen and brighten and to align all of the photos. Click on the photo to get a large version of the photo. 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 290 to 375 kilobytes, with most of them being under 356 kilobytes. The photos marked "LARGE PHOTO" are much larger, with a very detailed zoom-in of the previous photo, and they have the file size listed next to the photo. With a broadband or network Internet connection each photo will download within seconds, but with a dial-up Internet connection it will be somewhat slower.

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge (WWB) Project provides a new 12-lane Potomac River Bridge and overall upgrades 7.5 miles of the I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway to 10 to 12 lanes, including the reconstruction of four urban interchanges, with a total of all costs of $2.42 billion.  All segments of the project (US-1 Interchange, Woodrow Wilson Bridge, I-295 Interchange, and MD-210 Indian Head Highway Interchange) are complete except for the $236 million Virginia VA-241 Telegraph Road Interchange segment.

As of mid-June 2012, the Telegraph Road project is nearing completion, with the new inner roadways of Beltway opening to traffic, and final paving underway on the new outer roadways of the Beltway.

The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway and VA-241 Telegraph Road Interchange, looking west toward Springfield. Notice new ramp between the Beltway Outer Loop and Eisenhower Valley (a major business area), this ramp also connects northbound Telegraph Road to the Eisenhower Valley.

Notice new Beltway bridge over Cameron Run in upper center of photo. The Beltway in this area is widened to 10- to 12-lanes on four separate roadways. Telegraph Road is a 6-lane arterial.

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge is behind this photo, to the east.

The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway and VA-241 Telegraph Road Interchange, looking west. A WMATA Metrorail Service and Inspection Yard is in upper left of the photo; this yard serves the the Huntington Route (Yellow Line trains), and the Franconia-Springfield Route (Blue Line trains).

This segment of the Beltway is reconstructed in the Telegraph Road segment of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project, a $236 million contract under construction, and this contract includes raising the Beltway roadways to provide 5 feet more elevation over Cameron Run to provide a higher resistance to flooding in heavy rainstorm conditions. Per the VDOT Dashboard entry for the project on December 2, 2009, the Contract Award was $236,393,188, the Contract Execution Date was February 12, 2008, and the Original Specified Completion Date is June 30, 2013. The Contract Execution Date includes the Notice to Proceed for the contractor. The construction contractor is CK Constructors, a joint venture of Corman Construction, Inc., and Kiewit Corporation. The contract to rebuild the I-95/I-495 interchange at Telegraph Road, and the remainder of the Beltway between the US-1 Interchange project segment and the Eisenhower Avenue Connector interchange (Virginia Exit 174), will take 5 years to complete. The contract includes 11 ramps and bridges, 5 box culvert extensions, drainage improvements, retaining walls, overhead signs, noise walls, pedestrian paths, landscaping, and environmental mitigation.

These photos show traffic operating on the new outer (local) roadways of the Beltway, with the new inner (thru) roadways still under construction.

As of mid-June 2012, the project is nearing completion, with the new inner roadways of Beltway opening to traffic, and final paving underway on the new outer roadways of the Beltway.

This is a zoom-in excerpt (size 771 kilobytes) from the previous photo. Notice to the new mainline Beltway bridges, over Telegraph Road in the lower left, and over Cameron Run in the upper right.

LARGE PHOTO

The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway and VA-241 Telegraph Road Interchange, looking west toward Springfield.
The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway and VA-241 Telegraph Road Interchange, looking west.

Notice Cameron Run passing to the left of the Beltway, then under, then to the right in the upper part of the photo.

This is a zoom-in excerpt (size 1,043 kilobytes) from the previous photo. Notice to the new mainline Beltway bridges, over Telegraph Road in the lower right, and over Cameron Run in the upper left.

LARGE PHOTO

The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway and VA-241 Telegraph Road Interchange, looking northwest toward Springfield. Notice new ramp between the Beltway Outer Loop and Eisenhower Valley (a major business area), this ramp also connects northbound Telegraph Road to the Eisenhower Valley.

The new overpasses in the center left, are in the Southern Interchange Project, designed to provide grade separated crossings between the first Beltway Outer Loop off-ramp's connection to southbound Telegraph Road and Huntington Avenue and North Kings Highway, and these were opened in May 2009, providing a major traffic improvement over the pre-existing at-grade intersection. The pre-existing connection had a 4-way at-grade intersection between the ramp, Telegraph Road, and Huntington Avenue, and it was very congested during peak hours.

Notice the elevated WMATA Metrorail Line in lower part of the photo, this is the Huntington Route (Yellow Line trains). The line's terminal Huntington Station is in open cut in the hillside, with large commuter parking garages below on Huntington Avenue and above on North Kings Highway.

The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway and VA-241 Telegraph Road Interchange, looking northwest. In the foreground are Cameron Run, and the WMATA Huntington Station for Metrorail.
The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway and VA-241 Telegraph Road Interchange, looking northwest.

The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway runs left to right, Cameron Run is just below the Beltway. The VA-241 Telegraph Road Interchange of the Beltway was originally built in 1961 as a modified cloverleaf interchange with one semi-directional ramp. The road paralleling just above the Beltway is the 4-lane Eisenhower Avenue, and it has a long bridge over Telegraph Road. Telegraph Road runs bottom to top, and its junctions from bottom to top in order are, North Kings Highway and Huntington Avenue and the first offramp from the Beltway Outer Loop (towards Wilson Bridge) to Telegraph Road, the interchange with the Beltway, an interchange with local roads in the Eisenhower Valley, and the northern terminus of Telegraph Road which has a trumpet interchange with VA-236 Duke Street in Alexandria. The mainline of the CSXT Railroad and the Norfolk Southern Railroad parallels between Eisenhower Avenue and VA-236 Duke Street. Telegraph Road mainline bridges in this photo are, over Cameron Run, over the mainline railroads, and over Duke Street.

The new overpasses in the lower center, are the Southern Interchange Project, designed to provide grade separated crossings between the first Beltway Outer Loop off-ramp's connection to southbound Telegraph Road and Huntington Avenue and North Kings Highway, and these were opened in May 2009, providing a major traffic improvement over the pre-existing at-grade intersection. The pre-existing connection had a 4-way at-grade intersection between the ramp, Telegraph Road, and Huntington Avenue, and it was very congested during peak hours.

The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway and Telegraph Road Interchange, looking north along Telegraph Road.

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

(Created 6-23-2012)