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  Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project Photos - October 2004

The following 18 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, and the new U.S. Route 1 Interchange under construction.

These photos were taken on October 15, 2004, by the Virginia Department of Transportation, and are posted here with their permission, and I 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 220 to 330 kilobytes, with most of them being under 275 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.

U.S. Route 1 Interchange construction, looking north across Hunting Creek, and the 8-lane I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, with Alexandria on the north side of the Beltway, and the Potomac River in the distance. The long new bridge under construction on the near side of the Beltway, is part of the US Route 1 Interchange Advanced Bridge contract, and the bridge will carry the Beltway Outer Loop local roadway. The cleared area on the far side of the Beltway is for the widened highway, and one of the sites of the US Route 1 Interchange Ground Improvement contract.
U.S. Route 1 Interchange construction, looking north across Hunting Creek, and the I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, with Alexandria on the north side of the Beltway. This is a closer view of the center portion of the previous photo.
U.S. Route 1 Interchange construction, looking north across Hunting Creek, and the I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, with Alexandria on the north side of the Beltway. This is a closer view of the right-center portion of the top photo.
U.S. Route 1 Interchange construction, looking north across Hunting Creek, and the I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, with Alexandria on the north side of the Beltway. The US Route 1 Interchange Advanced Bridge contract construction is visible in the foreground, and the existing U.S. Route 1 Interchange is visible in the upper right corner of the photo.
U.S. Route 1 Interchange construction, looking north across Hunting Creek, and the I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, with Alexandria on the north side of the Beltway, and the Potomac River in the distance. The existing U.S. Route 1 Interchange is visible in the center of the photo, and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge is visible in the upper right corner of the photo. The US Route 1 Interchange (Major Portion) contract is in its early stages, with about 10% complete as of the April 2005 release of this article.
U.S. Route 1 Interchange construction, looking north across Hunting Creek, and the I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway, with Alexandria on the north side of the Beltway, and the Potomac River in the distance. The existing U.S. Route 1 Interchange is visible in the center of the photo, and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge is visible in the upper right corner of the photo. The highway in the foreground is U.S. Route 1. The bridges under construction on the near side of the Beltway, are part of the US Route 1 Interchange Advanced Bridge contract.
U.S. Route 1 Interchange construction, looking north across Hunting Creek, and the I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway. This is a closer view of the center portion of the previous photo, showing the ramp bridges under construction as part of the US Route 1 Interchange Advanced Bridge contract.
U.S. Route 1 Interchange construction. This is a different angle view of the previous photo, looking across U.S. Route 1.
Potomac River Bridge construction, looking north, across Jones Point, at the Virginia Approach construction, and the Bascule Span construction. The new 12-lane twin-span bridge is being built just to the south of the existing 6-lane bridge.
Virginia approaches construction to the Potomac River Bridge, looking west. Construction in the foreground is the Potomac River Bridge Virginia Approach Spans contract, and construction of the trumpet-shaped piers is visible, with the existing 6-lane Beltway to the right. The new Virginia abutment for the Potomac River Bridge is visible in the center of the photo, and the land approach construction is visible above that, with the Hunting Towers apartment complex to the left of that, and the Washington Street Deck construction is visible, with the existing U.S. Route 1 Interchange visible in the distance.
Virginia approaches construction to the Potomac River Bridge, looking west. Similar to the previous photo, but from a somewhat different angle from the north side of the Beltway. The left center of the photo shows a good perspective of the new Virginia abutment for the Potomac River Bridge, and the Washington Street Deck construction.

The section of the 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.

Virginia approaches construction to the Potomac River Bridge, looking south, closer view of the Washington Street Deck construction. The retaining walls close to the buildings are nearing completion, and part of 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.
Virginia approaches construction to the Potomac River Bridge, looking south, similar vantage point to the previous photo but zoomed out. This gives a fuller perspective of the south end of Old Town Alexandria on the lower right, the U.S. Route 1 Interchange on the right, the apartment complexes in the left center, and Hunting Creek in the background. Washington Street becomes the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway and heads toward the upper left, and U.S. Route 1 heads into the distance in the upper center.
Virginia approaches construction to the Potomac River Bridge, looking south. Similar to the previous photo, but from a somewhat different angle from over Washington Street, looking across the Beltway and WWB Project, and Washington Street south of the apartments becomes the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway and heads to Mount Vernon.
Virginia approaches construction to the Potomac River Bridge, looking south. Similar to the previous photo, but from a somewhat different angle from just north of Washington Street, looking across the Beltway and WWB Project, and Washington Street and the apartments and Hunting Creek.
U.S. Route 1 Interchange construction, looking south along U.S. Route 1, with the Beltway left to right. The original U.S. Route 1 Interchange has a considerable amount of bridgework across areas of unstable soils, with a long bridge on U.S. 1 and bridges on four of the ramps. The interchange seen here is in essentially the same format as when it opened to traffic in 1961, with a modified cloverleaf design with a semi-directional ramp connecting southbound U.S. 1 to northbound I-95/I-495, and with a collector-distributor (C-D) roadway intercepting the two loop ramps on southbound I-95/I-495.
U.S. Route 1 Interchange construction, looking south across the I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway and Hunting Creek. The ramp bridges under construction are part of the US Route 1 Interchange Advanced Bridge contract.
U.S. Route 1 Interchange construction, looking south across the I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway and Hunting Creek. Similar vantage point to the previous photo, but zoomed in to show more detail.

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

(Created 4-2-2005, moved to capital-beltway.com on 3-17-2007)