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  Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project Photos - July 2006

The following photos show various views of the I-95/I-495 Woodrow Wilson Bridge (WWB) Project construction.

The following 18 photos were taken on July 23, 2006, by Roads to the Future. They were all taken with a 2.2x telephoto lens. This is a drive westbound over the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge and approaches, from Maryland to Virginia. The large photos have sizes ranging from 132 to 188 kilobytes, with most of them being under 151 kilobytes.

The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway 3-lane Inner Loop (Maryland to Virginia) roadway was shifted to the new bridge on the weekend of July 14-16, 2006, with all lanes opened to traffic on Sunday, July 16th. The first new 6-lane Woodrow Wilson Bridge is now fully open to traffic.

The original Woodrow Wilson Bridge has passed into history.

I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop) in Maryland, on the newly-opened 3-lane roadway, in the I-295 interchange. The new I-295 interchange is under construction, as part of the WWB Project.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop) in Maryland, on the newly-opened 3-lane roadway, approaching the newly-opened new Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop) in Maryland, on the newly-opened 3-lane roadway, approaching the newly-opened new Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop) in Maryland, on the newly-opened 3-lane roadway, approaching the newly-opened new Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop) in Maryland, on the newly-opened 3-lane roadway, approaching the newly-opened new Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The overpass under construction is for the pedestrian and bicycle trail that will connect from the north side of the new bridge, across Rosalie Island, to Maryland. The pedestrian and bicycle trail across the new bridge will connect the system of pedestrian and bicycle trails in Maryland and Virginia.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop), on the newly opened 3-lane roadway leading to the first new 6-lane Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The Maryland end of the bridge is visible ahead.
Similar vantage point as the previous photo, but taken on a different trip across the bridge, in the right lane. The Maryland end of the bridge is visible in the foreground where the asphalt (dark) pavement meets the concrete (light brown) bridge roadway deck. Notice the 10-foot-wide right emergency shoulder on the bridge, which extends across the entire new bridge. The original bridge had a 7-foot-wide right emergency shoulder on all of the bridge, except with a shoulder on the drawspan that was only about 2 feet wide.
New Woodrow Wilson Bridge, heading westbound toward Virginia.  The maximum grade on the new WWB Maryland approach is 2.30% near the Maryland shore, and is 1.20% approaching the high point of the bridge. This photo shows the Beltway Inner Loop third advance warning sign for the drawspan of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
New Woodrow Wilson Bridge, heading westbound toward Virginia. Notice the transverse bridge expansion joint visible directly ahead. The raised bascule spans of the original WWB, are visible to the right, and they will remain raised until the original WWB is demolished.
New Woodrow Wilson Bridge, heading westbound toward Virginia. The raised bascule spans of the original WWB, are visible to the right.
New Woodrow Wilson Bridge, heading westbound toward Virginia. This photo shows the Beltway Outer Loop final warning sign for the drawspan of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, and it has green, yellow and red signals to control traffic.
Closer view of the raised bascule spans of the original Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
New Woodrow Wilson Bridge, heading westbound toward Virginia. The bascule span (drawspan) and the highest point of the bridge is ahead. The drawspan Operator's Tower is visible to the right. A nice feature about the drawspan on the new bridge, is that its roadway deck is made of reinforced concrete; and while it is much heavier than the original bridge's drawspan steel grid roadway deck, it won't have the problem of it being slippery when wet.
New Woodrow Wilson Bridge, heading westbound toward Virginia. The bascule span has been passed, and the roadway has a downgrade to the Virginia shore. The maximum grade on the new WWB Virginia approach is 3.00%.
New Woodrow Wilson Bridge, heading westbound toward Virginia.
New Woodrow Wilson Bridge, heading westbound toward Virginia. The Hunting Towers apartment complex is visible ahead to the left.
New Woodrow Wilson Bridge, heading westbound toward Virginia. The Hunting Towers apartment complex is visible ahead to the left. The Virginia end of the bridge is ahead. The under construction and partially completed Washington Street Urban Deck, is visible in the distance.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, heading westbound in Virginia. The Virginia end of the bridge is visible in the foreground where the asphalt (dark) pavement meets the concrete (light brown) bridge roadway deck. Approaching the under construction Washington Street Urban Deck, on the new 3-lane roadway that takes the Beltway under the completed southern section of the deck that, when all work is complete, will carry the local and express roadways of the Beltway Outer Loop (toward Wilson Bridge).

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All photos by Scott Kozel.

Copyright 2006 by Scott Kozel. All rights reserved. Reproduction, reuse, or distribution without permission is prohibited.

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

(Created  8-4-2006, moved to capital-beltway.com on 3-24-2007)