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Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project Photos - February 2004
The following 7 photos show various aerial views of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge (WWB) Project construction, including the new Potomac River Bridge under construction, and the Virginia Approach construction.
These photos were taken in February 2004, by the Virginia Department of Transportation, and are posted here with their permission. Roads to the Future utilized utilized Adobe PhotoDeluxe Business Edition to brighten all the photos and to align and crop some 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 141 to 544 kilobytes, with most of them being under 218 kilobytes (the first photo is 544 kilobytes and the next largest is 253 kilobytes). With a broadband or network Internet connection each photo will download within seconds, but with a dial-up Internet connection it will be slow.
Woodrow Wilson Bridge construction, looking from over Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, across the Potomac River, to the southeast. The new bridge will be 6,075 feet long, with about 2,000 feet of the bridge being overland in Virginia. The opposite side of the river is Maryland. Woodrow Wilson Bridge construction, looking from over Old Town Alexandria to the southeast. The wooded area on both sides of the bridge, is Jones Point Park. Woodrow Wilson Bridge construction, looking from over Alexandria to the east. The existing 6-lane WWB is to the left, and the new 12-lane WWB is under construction to the right. The white blocks are the concrete foundations for the new bridge, and they can be seen on land in Virginia and advancing across the river. The Foundations Contract for the new bridge was completed in June 2003. There are 3 bridge superstructure contracts, the Virginia Approach Contract seen in the foreground, the Bascule Span Contract seen with the blue construction towers just beyond the Virginia shoreline, and the Maryland Approach Contract extending across the rest of the river. The concrete wall visible at the bottom of the photo, is the abutment (bridge begin/end structure) under construction for the new bridge, and the abutment for the existing bridge is visible to the left. Woodrow Wilson Bridge construction, looking from over Alexandria to the east. This photo was taken a couple hundred yards south of the previous photo; these 7 photos are in sequence as the helicopter with the photographer flies in a path to the south. The concrete wall visible at the bottom left of the photo, is the abutment under construction for the new bridge. Woodrow Wilson Bridge construction, looking from over Virginia to the northeast. The WWB is in the upper right of the photo, a portion of Old Town Alexandria is in the upper left of the photo, and the Hunting Point Terrace (Hunting Towers) apartment complex is in the lower left of the photo. Woodrow Wilson Bridge construction, looking from over Hunting Creek to the north. The WWB bascule span is in the right of the photo, the WWB Virginia approach is in center of the photo, the WWB Virginia abutment is in the left of the photo, Jones Point is in the lower right of the photo, Old Town Alexandria is in the middle left of the photo, Washington, D.C. is on the opposite side of the river, and if you look closely, you can see Washington National Airport and the Washington Monument in the far distance. Woodrow Wilson Bridge construction, looking from over Hunting Creek to the north. This is a closer view of the WWB Virginia Approach construction, with the WWB Virginia abutment in the left of the photo, and Old Town Alexandria is in the upper part of the photo.
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By Scott M. Kozel, Capital Beltway dot com, Roads to the Future
(Created 5-1-2004, updated 4-2-2005, moved to capital-beltway.com on 3-17-2007)