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  Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project Photos - May 2005

The following 50 photos show various aerial views of the I-95/I-495 Woodrow Wilson Bridge (WWB) Project construction, including the new Potomac River Bridge under construction, the new U.S. Route 1 Interchange under construction, and the Washington Street Urban Deck under construction.

These photos were taken on May 10, 2005, by the Virginia Department of Transportation, and are posted here with their permission, and Roads to the Future 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 83 to 286 kilobytes, with most of them being under 189 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.

WWB Project construction, photo taken from the top floor of a Hunting Towers Apartment building, showing construction of the 6-lane Outer Loop bridge Virginia Approach Spans contract (Potomac River Bridge Virginia Approach Spans contract), with the Bascule Spans contract (Potomac River Bridge Bascule Spans contract) construction visible in the distance, and the existing Woodrow Wilson Bridge to the left.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the top floor of a Hunting Towers Apartment building, showing construction of the 6-lane Outer Loop bridge Virginia Approach Spans contract, with the Bascule Spans contract construction visible in the distance, and the existing Woodrow Wilson Bridge to the left. Same vantage point as previous photo, but zoomed in somewhat.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the top floor of a Hunting Towers Apartment building, showing construction of the 6-lane Outer Loop bridge Virginia Approach Spans contract, with the Bascule Spans contract construction visible in the distance, and the existing Woodrow Wilson Bridge to the left. Same vantage point as previous photo, but zoomed in somewhat.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the top floor of a Hunting Towers Apartment building, showing construction of the 6-lane Outer Loop bridge Virginia Approach Spans contract, with the Bascule Spans contract construction visible in the distance, and the existing Woodrow Wilson Bridge to the left. Same vantage point as previous photo, but zoomed in somewhat.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the top floor of a Hunting Towers Apartment building closer to the highway than that of the previous 4 photos, showing construction of the 6-lane Outer Loop bridge Virginia Approach Spans contract (Potomac River Bridge Virginia Approach Spans contract), with the Bascule Spans contract construction visible in the distance, and the existing Woodrow Wilson Bridge to the left.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the top floor of a Hunting Towers Apartment building, showing construction of the 6-lane Outer Loop bridge Virginia Approach Spans contract, with the Bascule Spans contract construction visible in the distance, and the existing Woodrow Wilson Bridge to the left. Same vantage point as previous photo, but zoomed in somewhat.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the top floor of a Hunting Towers Apartment building, showing construction of the 6-lane Outer Loop bridge Virginia Approach Spans contract, with the Bascule Spans contract construction visible in the distance, and the existing Woodrow Wilson Bridge to the left. Same vantage point as previous photo, but zoomed in somewhat.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the top floor of a Hunting Towers Apartment building, showing construction of the 6-lane Outer Loop bridge Virginia Approach Spans contract, with the Bascule Spans contract construction visible in the distance, and the existing Woodrow Wilson Bridge to the left. Same vantage point as previous photo, but zoomed in somewhat.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the top floor of a Hunting Towers Apartment building, showing construction of the 6-lane Outer Loop bridge Virginia Approach Spans contract, with the Bascule Spans contract construction visible in the distance, and the existing Woodrow Wilson Bridge to the left. Same vantage point as previous photo, but zoomed in somewhat.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the top floor of a Hunting Towers Apartment building, showing construction of the 6-lane Outer Loop bridge Virginia Approach Spans contract, with the Bascule Spans contract construction visible in the distance, and the existing Woodrow Wilson Bridge to the left. Same vantage point as previous photo, but zoomed in to the roadway deck concrete pour operation, with the boom visible being a concrete pump utilized to pump the fluid concrete from ground level to the bridge deck under construction.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the top floor of a Hunting Towers Apartment building, showing construction of the Washington Street Urban Deck in Alexandria VA. The new highway's retaining walls close to the buildings are complete, and the Washington Street Deck has been completed over the future local and express Beltway Outer Loop roadways. Washington Street is the highway that crosses the Beltway, and its traffic is being maintained during construction over the Beltway. The completed Washington Street Deck will span the entire reconstructed 12-lane Beltway, and the deck will be over 200 feet long and over 200 feet wide, and will carry the 4-lane divided Washington Street with landscaping over the rest of the deck. The section of the reconstructed Beltway from the Virginia abutment of the Potomac River Bridge to a couple hundred yards west of the Washington Street Deck and inclusive of the Washington Street Deck, is being built under the US Route 1 Interchange Tie-In contract.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the top floor of a Hunting Towers Apartment building, showing construction of the Washington Street Urban Deck in Alexandria VA. Same vantage point as previous photo, but zoomed in somewhat.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the top floor of a Hunting Towers Apartment building, showing construction of the Washington Street Urban Deck in Alexandria VA. Same vantage point as previous photo, but zoomed in somewhat.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the top floor of a Hunting Towers Apartment building, showing construction of the U.S. Route 1 Interchange in Virginia, and the existing U.S. Route 1 interchange with the Beltway. Nearly all of the southern half of the original US-1/I-495 interchange was built on bridge structure to span Hunting Creek and low-lying ground areas, and US-1 itself is on a bridge from south of the creek to just north of the Beltway.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the top floor of a Hunting Towers Apartment building, showing construction of the U.S. Route 1 Interchange in Virginia, and the existing U.S. Route 1 interchange with the Beltway. Same vantage point as previous photo, but zoomed in somewhat.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the top floor of a Hunting Towers Apartment building, showing construction of the Washington Street Urban Deck in Alexandria VA.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the top floor of a Hunting Towers Apartment building, showing construction of the Washington Street Urban Deck in Alexandria VA. Same vantage point as previous photo, but zoomed in somewhat.
Potomac River Bridge construction, looking east, at the Virginia Approach Spans construction. The concrete pump visible in photos #9 and #10, can be seen ahead.
Potomac River Bridge construction, looking east, at the Virginia Approach Spans (Potomac River Bridge Virginia Approach Spans contract) construction, from the land under the bridge, showing the delta piers that have been constructed and the steel girders that have been placed.
Potomac River Bridge construction, looking east, at the Virginia Approach Spans construction, from the land under the bridge, showing the delta piers that have been constructed and the steel girders that have been placed.
Potomac River Bridge construction, looking east, at the Virginia Approach Spans construction, from the land under the bridge, showing the delta piers that have been constructed and the steel girders that have been placed.
Potomac River Bridge construction, looking east, at the Virginia Approach Spans construction, from the land under the bridge, showing the delta piers that have been constructed and the steel girders that have been placed.
Potomac River Bridge construction, the Virginia Approach Spans construction.
Potomac River Bridge construction, the Virginia Approach Spans construction.
Potomac River Bridge construction, the Virginia Approach Spans construction.
Potomac River Bridge construction, the Virginia Approach Spans construction.
Potomac River Bridge construction, the Virginia Approach Spans construction.
Potomac River Bridge construction, the Virginia Approach Spans construction.

 

Potomac River Bridge construction, the Virginia Approach Spans construction, underside view.
Potomac River Bridge construction, the Virginia Approach Spans construction.
Potomac River Bridge construction, the Virginia Approach Spans construction. Good view of the delta pier construction.
Potomac River Bridge construction, the Virginia Approach Spans construction.
Potomac River Bridge construction, the Virginia Approach Spans construction.
Potomac River Bridge construction, the Virginia Approach Spans construction. Good view of the delta pier construction.
Potomac River Bridge construction, the Virginia Approach Spans construction.
Potomac River Bridge construction, looking east from Virginia shoreline, view of the Bascule Span construction, which is being built under the Potomac River Bridge Bascule Spans contract.
Potomac River Bridge construction, looking east from Virginia shoreline, closer view of the Bascule Span construction, which is being built under the Potomac River Bridge Bascule Spans contract.
Potomac River Bridge construction, looking south, at the Virginia Approach Spans construction. Delta pier construction is underway. The delta piers on the approach spans are being constructed via the precast segmental method, whereby reinforced concrete segments are fabricated in a fabrication yard, and assembled on the pier foundation and post-tensioned with steel cables that pass through channels in the piers.
Potomac River Bridge construction, close view of the Bascule Span construction, which is being built under the Potomac River Bridge Bascule Spans contract.
Potomac River Bridge construction, view of the Bascule Span construction, which is being built under the Potomac River Bridge Bascule Spans contract.
Potomac River Bridge construction, view of the Bascule Span construction. The delta piers for the bascule span are being constructed as cast-in-place reinforced concrete structures. The large "block" in the foreground is a foundation for the new bridge, built in the Potomac River Bridge Foundations contract.
Potomac River Bridge construction, looking east from the eastern bascule pier toward Maryland, with the Maryland Approach Spans construction visible ahead, which is being built under the Potomac River Bridge Maryland Approach Spans contract. The existing Woodrow Wilson Bridge is to the left. The large "blocks" in the foreground are foundations for the new bridge, built in the Potomac River Bridge Foundations contract.
Potomac River Bridge construction, looking east from the eastern bascule pier toward Maryland, with the Maryland Approach Spans construction visible ahead, similar vantage point as previous photo but more telephoto.
Potomac River Bridge construction, view of the Bascule Span construction, which is being built under the Potomac River Bridge Bascule Spans contract. The delta piers for the bascule span are being constructed as cast-in-place reinforced concrete structures. The large "block" in the foreground is a foundations for the new bridge, built in the Potomac River Bridge Foundations contract.
The existing Woodrow Wilson Bridge is to the right. Looking at the south side of the bascule span and its control tower. The medallion on the tower has a head view of Woodrow Wilson.
Potomac River Bridge construction, close view of the Bascule Span construction, which is being built under the Potomac River Bridge Bascule Spans contract.
Potomac River Bridge construction, looking south, at the Virginia Approach Spans construction. Delta pier construction is underway. The delta piers on the approach spans are being constructed via the precast segmental method, whereby reinforced concrete segments are fabricated in a fabrication yard, and assembled on the pier foundations and post-tensioned with steel cables that pass through channels in the piers.
Delta pier construction, another perspective view of the pier in the previous photo. The arches are held in place by temporary steel cables until the reinforced concrete cross-member links the two arches.
Potomac River Bridge construction, the Virginia Approach Spans construction.
Potomac River Bridge construction, the Virginia Approach Spans construction, underside view.

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