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  Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project Photos - June 2008

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

The first new 6-lane Woodrow Wilson Bridge was opened to traffic in two stages. It opened to traffic in June and July of 2006, and it was configured for 3 lanes each way until the 6-lane bridge for the Inner Loop of the Beltway opened to traffic. Construction of the new 6-lane Inner Loop bridge for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, was completed in mid-2008.

The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway 3-lane Inner Loop (Maryland to Virginia) roadway was shifted from its temporary location on the the new Outer Loop bridge, to the 3-lane local roadway of the new Inner Loop bridge, on the weekend of May 30 to June 1, 2008, with all lanes opened to traffic on Sunday, June 1st. Along with this opening, the new 3-lane Inner Loop local roadway was opened to traffic from the Inner Loop WWB, through/under the Washington Street Urban Deck, to the US-1 interchange area; and that seamlessly connected to the new segment of 3-lane Inner Loop local roadway that was opened to traffic on November 4, 2007, from a few hundred feet west of the Washington Street Urban Deck, through the US-1 interchange area, to just east of the VA-241 Telegraph Road interchange. As a result of these openings, all Beltway Inner Loop traffic is now operating on the new 3-lane Beltway Inner Loop local roadway, constructed throughout these segments of the WWB Project -- MD-210 interchange, I-295 interchange, Potomac River bridge, and US-1 interchange; which is the entire WWB Project except for the VA-241 interchange segment which began construction in early 2008.

The express roadways on each Potomac River bridge will open in late 2008, after needed approach roadway and interchange construction is completed at either end of the bridge.

The completed new twin Potomac River bridges will have a total of 12 lanes on 4 separate roadways on a 3-3-3-3 lane configuration.

The following 9 photos were taken on June 21, 2008, by Roads to the Future. They were all taken with a 2.6x telephoto lens. This is a drive eastbound over the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge and approaches, into Maryland.

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Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Outer Loop bridge, heading eastbound toward Maryland. The Maryland end of the bridge is near the overpass under construction, which 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 Inner Loop bridge will connect the system of pedestrian and bicycle trails in Maryland and Virginia.

The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway 3-lane Inner Loop (Maryland to Virginia) roadway was shifted from its temporary location on the the new Outer Loop bridge, to the 3-lane local roadway of the new Inner Loop bridge, on the weekend of May 30 to June 1, 2008, with all lanes opened to traffic on Sunday, June 1st. This means that the other 3-lane roadway on this bridge (the Outer Loop bridge), is now without traffic, until it is reopened as the Outer Loop express roadway.

I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, eastbound (Outer Loop, toward Baltimore), on the 3-lane roadway which will be the Beltway Outer Loop local roadway when the WWB Project is complete, approaching the I-295 interchange. The new (rebuilt) I-295 interchange is under construction, as part of the WWB Project. The Maryland end of the bridge is near the overhead overpass under construction, which is for the pedestrian and bicycle trail that will connect from the north side of the new Inner Loop bridge, across Rosalie Island, to Maryland.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, eastbound (Outer Loop), on the 3-lane local roadway, approaching the I-295 interchange, Maryland Exit 2. The elevated ramp under construction is the ramp from the Beltway Outer Loop express roadway, to southbound MD-210 Indian Head Highway. Just to the left of the under construction elevated ramp, is the under construction 3-lane express roadway for the Outer Loop, and the earthen area just to the left of that, is the under construction 3-lane express roadway for the Inner Loop, and on the far left is the newly-opened (June 1, 2008) 3-lane local roadway for the Inner Loop.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, eastbound (Outer Loop), on the 3-lane local roadway, approaching the I-295 interchange. Similar vantage point as previous photo, from a different drive across the bridge.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, eastbound (Outer Loop), on the 3-lane local roadway, approaching the I-295 interchange. Similar vantage point as previous photo, several hundred feet down the road.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, eastbound (Outer Loop), on the 3-lane local roadway, approaching the I-295 interchange. The elevated ramp under construction is the ramp from the Beltway Outer Loop express roadway, to southbound MD-210 Indian Head Highway.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, eastbound (Outer Loop, toward Baltimore), approaching the MD-210 Indian Head Highway interchange. The new (rebuilt) MD-210 Indian Head Highway interchange, Maryland Exit 3, is under construction, as part of the WWB Project. The partially completed high bridge, is the ramp from northbound MD-210 to the Beltway Inner Loop (toward WWB). The bridge beyond that, is the new overpass for Bald Eagle Road.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, eastbound (Outer Loop), at the MD-210 Indian Head Highway interchange. The bridge ahead is the new MD-210 bridge over the Beltway, and the bridge is over 400 feet long. Both the Inner Loop and the Outer Loop roadways are on their respective new local roadway, and in between them the new 3-lane express roadways are under construction.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, eastbound (Outer Loop), at the MD-210 Indian Head Highway interchange. The bridge overhead is the new MD-210 bridge over the Beltway. Both the Inner Loop and the Outer Loop roadways are on their respective new local roadway, and in between them the new 3-lane express roadways are under construction. Approaching the eastern limit of the WWB Project, one mile ahead.

The following 32 photos were taken on June 21, 2008, by Roads to the Future. They were all taken with a 2.6x telephoto lens. This is a drive westbound over the new Inner Loop Woodrow Wilson Bridge and approaches, from Maryland into Virginia.

This is the 6-lane Potomac River bridge for the Inner Loop of the I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway. The completed twin bridges will have a total of 12 lanes on 4 separate roadways on a 3-3-3-3 lane configuration.

Click on the photo to get a large version of the photo. The large photos have sizes ranging from 142 to 219 kilobytes, with most of them being under 185 kilobytes. 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.

I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop, toward WWB), approaching the MD-210 Indian Head Highway interchange. The overhead sign has the distances to each of the Beltway interchanges that are being rebuilt in the WWB Project -- MD-210 Indian Head Highway, Interstate 295, US-1, and VA-241 Telegraph Road.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop), on the new 3-lane roadway (temporarily 4 lanes) which will be the Beltway Inner Loop local roadway when the WWB Project is complete, approaching the MD-210 Indian Head Highway interchange, Maryland Exit 3. The new (rebuilt) MD-210 Indian Head Highway interchange is under construction, as part of the WWB Project.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop), on the new 3-lane roadway (temporarily 4 lanes) which will be the Beltway Inner Loop local roadway when the WWB Project is complete, approaching the MD-210 Indian Head Highway interchange. Outer Loop traffic is temporarily shifted over to using the new permanent westbound (Inner Loop) express roadway, so that the eastbound (Outer Loop) roadway (visible to the far left) can be reconstructed, including replacing the Beltway bridge over Livingston Road, and that bridge is the short tan-colored section of the highway about 1/4 mile ahead.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop), on the new 3-lane roadway (temporarily 4 lanes) which will be the Beltway Inner Loop local roadway when the WWB Project is complete, at the MD-210 Indian Head Highway interchange. The bridge ahead is the new MD-210 bridge over the Beltway, and the bridge is over 400 feet long. At this section, both the Inner Loop and the Outer Loop roadways are on their respective new local roadway, and in between them the new 3-lane express roadways are under construction with their asphalt roadways nearing completion.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop), on the new 3-lane roadway (temporarily 4 lanes) which will be the Beltway Inner Loop local roadway when the WWB Project is complete, at the MD-210 Indian Head Highway interchange. The bridge overhead is the new MD-210 bridge over the Beltway. Both the Inner Loop and the Outer Loop roadways are on their respective new local roadway, and in between them the new 3-lane express roadways are under construction with their asphalt roadways nearing completion.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop), on the new 3-lane roadway (temporarily 4 lanes) which will be the Beltway Inner Loop local roadway when the WWB Project is complete, approaching the I-295 interchange. The Beltway has a substantial grade between MD-210 and I-295, and the Inner Loop provides a nice view of the Potomac River and Virginia in the distance.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop), on the new 3-lane roadway (temporarily 4 lanes) which will be the Beltway Inner Loop local roadway when the WWB Project is complete, approaching the I-295 interchange. The Beltway has a substantial grade between MD-210 and I-295, and the Inner Loop provides a nice view of the Potomac River and Virginia in the distance.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop, toward WWB), on the 3-lane roadway which will be the Beltway Inner Loop local roadway when the WWB Project is complete. At the I-295 interchange, Maryland Exit 2. The new (rebuilt) I-295 interchange is under construction, as part of the WWB Project. The first overhead bridges carry I-295 over the Beltway.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop), on the 3-lane roadway which will be the Beltway Inner Loop local roadway when the WWB Project is complete, at the I-295 interchange.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop), on the 3-lane roadway which will be the Beltway Inner Loop local roadway when the WWB Project is complete, at the I-295 interchange. The Maryland end of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge is near the distant overpass under construction, which is for the pedestrian and bicycle trail that will connect from the north side of the new Inner Loop WWB, 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. Visible in the center of the photo, is the under construction Inner Loop and Outer Loop 3-lane express roadways.

The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway 3-lane Inner Loop (Maryland to Virginia) roadway was shifted from its temporary location on the the new Outer Loop bridge, to the 3-lane local roadway of the new Inner Loop bridge, on the weekend of May 30 to June 1, 2008, with all lanes opened to traffic on Sunday, June 1st.


Similar vantage point as previous photo, older photo from 3 months prior, March 10, 2008. This was the roadway configuration before the new Inner Loop WWB opened to traffic.

Comment from Capital Beltway dot com March 2008 photo article, in italics (green text):
The traffic shift to the left, is the temporary roadway that connects the permanent Inner Loop local roadway temporarily to the new Outer Loop WWB. Visible in the center of the photo beyond the barricades, is the under construction 3-lane local and 3-lane express Inner Loop roadways.

The overhead bridge connects I-295 to National Harbor. Website for National Harbor.

The following photos resume the June 21, 2008 sequence.

I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop, toward WWB), on the 3-lane roadway which will be the Beltway Inner Loop local roadway when the WWB Project is complete, at the I-295 interchange. The new (rebuilt) I-295 interchange is under construction, as part of the WWB Project. The Maryland end of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge is near the distant overpass under construction, which is for the pedestrian and bicycle trail that will connect from the north side of the new Inner Loop WWB, 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. Visible in the center of the photo, is the under construction Inner Loop and Outer Loop 3-lane express roadways.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop, toward WWB), on the 3-lane roadway which will be the Beltway Inner Loop local roadway when the WWB Project is complete, approaching the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
Approaching the Potomac River Bridge (Woodrow Wilson Bridge) 6-lane Inner Loop bridge, newly opened. This roadway is the 3-lane local (outer) roadway of the Inner Loop (Virginia bound) of the Beltway, currently carrying all Inner Loop traffic. Approaching the Maryland end of the bridge ... notice at the bottom of the photo, the joint between the approach pavement (black asphalt) and the reinforced concrete bridge deck (light beige color).
Potomac River Bridge, 6-lane Inner Loop bridge. This roadway is the 3-lane local (outer) roadway of the Inner Loop (Virginia bound) of the Beltway. 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 advance warning signs for the drawspan of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
Potomac River Bridge, Inner Loop bridge. This roadway is the 3-lane local (outer) roadway of the Inner Loop of the Beltway.
Potomac River Bridge, Inner Loop bridge. This roadway is the 3-lane local (outer) roadway of the Inner Loop of the Beltway.
Potomac River Bridge, Inner Loop bridge, 3-lane local (outer) roadway. This photo shows the Beltway Inner Loop final warning signs for the drawspan of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, and it has green, yellow and red signals to control traffic.

The unopened 3-lane express (inner) roadway of the Potomac River Bridge 6-lane Inner Loop bridge, is to the left ... notice the construction equipment parked on it.

Potomac River Bridge, Inner Loop bridge, 3-lane local (outer) roadway. This photo shows the Beltway Inner Loop final warning signs for the drawspan of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, and it has green, yellow and red signals to control traffic.
Potomac River Bridge, Inner Loop bridge, 3-lane local (outer) roadway. The overhead structure has a crash barrier that is lowered before opening the drawspan, to prevent any vehicle from proceeding any further. There are red warning lights on top of the crash barrier. Near the highest point of the bridge. The drawspan is at the area about 200 feet ahead. A nice feature about this drawspan is that its roadway deck is made of reinforced concrete; and while it is much heavier than the original bridge's steel grid drawspan roadway deck, it won't have the problem of it being slippery when wet. The drawspan was engineered with much heavier counterweights so that heavier bascules spans could be utilized.
Potomac River Bridge (Woodrow Wilson Bridge) 6-lane Inner Loop bridge, 3-lane local (outer) roadway. On the Virginia approach of the bridge. The maximum grade on the new WWB Virginia approach is 3.00%.
Potomac River Bridge, Inner Loop bridge, 3-lane local (outer) roadway. Virginia approach, notice the sound barrier along the north side of the bridge, to reduce the noise impacts to Old Town Alexandria. A 1,550-foot transparent wall on the new Wilson Bridge provides soundproofing for Old Town Alexandria residents while preserving the view from the bridge; and the wall, made of acrylic panels called Paraglas, is 17 feet tall. The pedestrian and bicycle path is to the right of the sound barrier, and the roadway is to the left of the sound barrier. In the distance is the Hunting Towers apartment buildings, and the Beltway U.S. Route 1 Interchange construction which is part of the WWB Project.
Potomac River Bridge, Inner Loop bridge, 3-lane local (outer) roadway.
Potomac River Bridge, Inner Loop bridge, 3-lane local (outer) roadway. Approaching the U.S. Route 1 Interchange, Virginia Exit 177, and the Washington Street Urban Deck.
Potomac River Bridge, 6-lane Inner Loop bridge, 3-lane local (outer) roadway. Ahead is the Virginia end of the bridge ... notice the transition between the approach pavement (black asphalt) and the reinforced concrete bridge deck (light beige color).

As mentioned previously, the I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway 3-lane Inner Loop (Maryland to Virginia) roadway was shifted from its temporary location on the the new Outer Loop bridge, to the 3-lane local roadway of the new Inner Loop bridge, on the weekend of May 30 to June 1, 2008, with all lanes opened to traffic on Sunday, June 1st. Along with this opening, the new 3-lane Inner Loop local roadway was opened to traffic from the Inner Loop WWB, through/under the Washington Street Urban Deck, to the US-1 interchange area; and that seamlessly connected to the new segment of 3-lane Inner Loop local roadway that was opened to traffic on November 4, 2007, from a few hundred feet west of the Washington Street Urban Deck, through the US-1 interchange area, to just east of the VA-241 Telegraph Road interchange.

I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop, toward Springfield), on the 3-lane local roadway, approaching the overpassing Washington Street Urban Deck, and the US-1 interchange. Washington Street is the highway that crosses the Beltway. The Washington Street Deck spans the entire reconstructed 12-lane Beltway, and the deck is over 200 feet long and over 200 feet wide, and carries the 4-lane Washington Street with landscaping over the rest of the deck. The Washington Street Urban Deck removes the 'barrier effect' to pedestrians that would exist with a simple replacement of the 4-lane Washington Street overpass over the 12-lane Beltway. The two lane exit ramp just beyond the deck, branches to US-1 northbound and to Church Street.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop), on the 3-lane local roadway, approaching the Washington Street Urban Deck and the US-1 interchange. The two lane exit ramp just beyond the deck, branches to US-1 northbound and to Church Street.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop), on the 3-lane local roadway, currently carrying all Inner Loop traffic, approaching the Washington Street Urban Deck and the US-1 interchange.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop), on the 3-lane local roadway, at the US-1 interchange. The bridges in the middle of the photo carry US-1 over the Beltway.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop), on the 3-lane local roadway, at the US-1 interchange. The overpassing bridges in the middle of the photo carry ramps over the Beltway.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop, toward Springfield), at the U.S. 1 interchange. The bridge to the right, carries ramp traffic from both directions of US-1 to the Beltway Inner Loop. The under construction bridge in the center of the photo, will be the new ramp to the Eisenhower Valley from the Beltway Inner Loop 3-lane express roadway.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop), at the U.S. 1 interchange. The under construction overpassing bridge in the foreground, will be the new ramp to the Eisenhower Valley from the Beltway Inner Loop 3-lane express roadway. The under construction overpassing bridge in the background, will be the new ramp from the Eisenhower Valley to the Beltway Outer Loop (toward WWB) 3-lane express roadway.
I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, westbound (Inner Loop, toward Springfield), approaching the VA-241 Telegraph Road interchange, Virginia Exit 176, where traffic is transitioned from the newly-opened 3-lane Inner Loop local roadway that was opened to traffic from the Inner Loop WWB, through the US-1 interchange area, to just east of the VA-241 interchange. The VA-241 Telegraph Road interchange and that segment of the Beltway, is also being rebuilt and expanded as part of the WWB Project, and that segment began construction in early 2008, and will extend the Beltway widening westward to the Eisenhower Avenue Connector interchange, Virginia Exit 174.

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

(Created 9-13-2008)