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  Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project Photos - November 2009

The following 12 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 November 20, 2009 by the Virginia Department of Transportation, and are posted here with their permission. Roads to the Future utilized PhotoDeluxe Business Edition 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 442 to 524 kilobytes, with most of them being under 457 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.

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.

The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway and Telegraph Road Interchange, looking north along Telegraph Road. Telegraph Road is a 4- to 6-lane arterial, and the Beltway interchange is in the center of the photo.

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 on May 30, 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 VA-241 Telegraph Road Interchange, looking northwest. Cameron Run is at bottom of photo. 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 will be 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.

Extrapolating from the rate of completion progress on the project's December 2, 2009 Dashboard entry, which has been much faster than the rate of time elapsed (Percent of Work Completed is 47%, Percent of Original Time Spent is 34%), this project would be completed in December 2011, which would be very welcome!

The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway and VA-241 Telegraph Road Interchange, looking northwest toward Springfield. Notice new ramp under construction between the Beltway Outer Loop and Eisenhower Valley (a major business area), this ramp will also connect northbound Telegraph Road to the Eisenhower Valley. Notice elevated WMATA Metrorail Line in lower part of photo, this is the Huntington Route (Yellow Line trains). Cameron Run passes through left side of photo.
The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway and VA-241 Telegraph Road Interchange, looking west toward Springfield. Notice new ramp under construction between the Beltway Outer Loop and Eisenhower Valley (a major business area), this ramp will also connect northbound Telegraph Road to the Eisenhower Valley. Notice elevated WMATA Metrorail Line in lower part of photo, this is the Huntington Route (Yellow Line trains). Cameron Run passes through left side of photo.

Notice Beltway bridge construction over Cameron Run in upper center of photo, for the Outer Loop Local Roadway. The Beltway in this area will be widened to 10- to 12-lanes on four separate roadways.

The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway and VA-241 Telegraph Road Interchange, looking southwest. Notice new ramp under construction between the Beltway Outer Loop and Eisenhower Valley.
The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway and Telegraph Road Interchange, looking south along Telegraph Road. Telegraph Road is a 4- to 6-lane arterial, and the Beltway interchange is in the center of the photo. The Beltway runs left to right, Cameron Run is just above the Beltway. The road paralleling just below the Beltway is the 4-lane Eisenhower Avenue, and it has a long bridge over Telegraph Road and ramps.

Notice the elevated WMATA Metrorail Line in upper left 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 Telegraph Road Interchange, looking southeast.

Notice the elevated WMATA Metrorail Line in upper left 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 Telegraph Road Interchange, looking east. Beltway/US-1 interchange, Woodrow Wilson Bridge, and Potomac River is in the distance. Recently opened Southern Interchange Project is visible in the right center of the photo.
The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway and VA-241 Telegraph Road Interchange, looking east along the Beltway toward the WWB and Maryland.

Notice Beltway bridge construction over Cameron Run in lower center of photo, for the Outer Loop Local Roadway. The Beltway in this area will be widened to 10- to 12-lanes on four separate roadways. Notice Cameron Run as it winds through this area, from the lower left of the photo to the upper part of the photo where it becomes Hunting Creek which empties into the Potomac River.

Notice the red beams to the left of the Beltway in the lower part of the photo, these are red-painted steel bridge girders temporarily stored in a construction yard, and awaiting placement on upcoming bridge projects in the Telegraph Road Interchange contract.

The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway and VA-241 Telegraph Road Interchange, looking east along the Beltway toward the WWB and Maryland.

Beltway/US-1 interchange, Woodrow Wilson Bridge, and Potomac River is in the distance. Maryland and Washington, D.C. is on the opposite side of the river.

The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway and Telegraph Road Interchange, looking northwest. The Beltway interchange is in the center of the photo. The under construction Southern Interchange project is in the center, with its recently opened segments and bridges over Huntington Avenue and North Kings Highway.

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).

The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway and VA-241 Telegraph Road Interchange, looking northwest toward Springfield. Notice new ramp under construction between the Beltway Outer Loop and Eisenhower Valley (a major business area), this ramp will also connect 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 on May 30, 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.

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

(Created 12-4-2009)