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  Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project Photos - October 2007

The following 49 photos show various views of the I-95/I-495 Woodrow Wilson Bridge (WWB) Project construction, including the new Potomac River Bridge construction, the Virginia U.S. Route 1 Interchange construction, and the Washington Street Urban Deck construction, and the Maryland Interstate 295 Interchange construction.

These photos were taken on October 5, 2007 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. 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 143 to 357 kilobytes, with most of them being under 204 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.

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WWB Project construction, photo taken from the roof of a Hunting Towers Apartment building in Alexandria, Virginia, showing the recently-opened (in June and July of 2006) new 6-lane Outer Loop Potomac River Bridge, which is currently configured to carry 3 Beltway Outer Loop lanes and 3 Beltway Inner Loop lanes.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the roof of a Hunting Towers Apartment building in Alexandria, Virginia, showing the recently-opened (in June and July of 2006) new 6-lane Outer Loop Potomac River Bridge, which is currently configured to carry 3 Beltway Outer Loop lanes and 3 Beltway Inner Loop lanes. The new 6-lane Inner Loop Potomac River Bridge, to the left of the Outer Loop bridge, is nearing completion, with all foundations built, all superstructure beams placed, and all of the roadway deck has been constructed except for on several spans at each end of the bridge.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the roof of a Hunting Towers Apartment building.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the roof of a Hunting Towers Apartment building. Closer view of the roadway deck construction on the Inner Loop bridge at the Virginia end of the bridge. The silver-colored panels are "stay-in-place" forms that are placed across the bridge girders, to support the concrete that is poured for the roadway deck. The green-colored section, has a grid of green-painted steel re-bars that have been placed on top of the "stay-in-place" forms, awaiting the concrete deck pouring operations.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the roof of a Hunting Towers Apartment building. Closer view of the roadway deck construction on the Inner Loop bridge at the Virginia end of the bridge. Notice the new pylon with the name of the new bridge, carrying the same name as the original bridge, the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge, and carrying the same medallion of President Woodrow Wilson which was formerly on the side of the original bridge's drawspan control tower.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the roof of a Hunting Towers Apartment building. View of the roadway deck construction on the Inner Loop bridge at the Virginia end of the bridge, and the Virginia land approach construction.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the roof of a Hunting Towers Apartment building. View of the Virginia land approach construction. The just-poured concrete structure in the middle of the photo, is the bridge approach slab for the Beltway Inner Loop local roadway.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the roof of a Hunting Towers Apartment building in Alexandria, Virginia, showing the recently-opened (in June and July of 2006) new 6-lane Outer Loop Potomac River Bridge, which is currently configured to carry 3 Beltway Outer Loop lanes and 3 Beltway Inner Loop lanes.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the roof of a Hunting Towers Apartment building in Alexandria, Virginia, showing the recently-opened (in June and July of 2006) new 6-lane Outer Loop Potomac River Bridge, which is currently configured to carry 3 Beltway Outer Loop lanes and 3 Beltway Inner Loop lanes. The new 6-lane Inner Loop Potomac River Bridge, to the left of the Outer Loop bridge, is nearing completion, with all foundations built, all superstructure beams placed, and all of the roadway deck has been constructed except for on several spans at each end of the bridge.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the roof of a Hunting Towers Apartment building. Closer view of the roadway deck construction on the Inner Loop bridge at the Virginia end of the bridge. Notice the new pylon with the name of the new bridge, carrying the same name as the original bridge, the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge, and carrying the same medallion of President Woodrow Wilson which was formerly on the side of the original bridge's drawspan control tower. The silver-colored panels are "stay-in-place" forms that are placed across the bridge girders, to support the concrete that is poured for the roadway deck. The green-colored section, has a grid of green-painted steel re-bars that have been placed on top of the "stay-in-place" forms, awaiting the concrete deck pouring operations.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from new pedestrian overpass over the Maryland approach to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, showing the Maryland Interstate 295 Interchange construction.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from new pedestrian overpass over the Maryland approach to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, showing the recently-opened (in June and July of 2006) new 6-lane Outer Loop Potomac River Bridge, which is currently configured to carry 3 Beltway Outer Loop lanes and 3 Beltway Inner Loop lanes. The new 6-lane Inner Loop Potomac River Bridge, to the right of the Outer Loop bridge, is nearing completion, with all foundations built, all superstructure beams placed, and all of the roadway deck has been constructed except for on several spans at each end of the bridge. Roadway deck construction is visible in the photo.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from new pedestrian overpass over the Maryland approach to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, showing the new 6-lane Inner Loop Potomac River Bridge, roadway deck construction.

 


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New Woodrow Wilson Bridge in distance, looking from the Maryland shoreline of the Potomac River at the National Harbor construction site.
The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway runs left to right, this is part of the U.S. Route 1 Interchange construction in Virginia. Notice the elevated ramps under construction in the center of the photo, they are part of the local ramps that will connect the Eisenhower Valley in Alexandria, Virginia, to the Beltway's traffic to and from Maryland.
The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway runs lower left to upper right, this is part of the U.S. Route 1 Interchange construction in Virginia. Notice the elevated ramps under construction in the center of the photo, they are part of the local ramps that will connect the Eisenhower Valley in Alexandria, Virginia, to the Beltway's traffic to and from Maryland.
The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway runs left to right, this is part of the U.S. Route 1 Interchange construction in Virginia. Notice the elevated ramps under construction in the center of the photo, they are part of the local ramps that will connect the Eisenhower Valley in Alexandria, Virginia, to the Beltway's traffic to and from Maryland.
The I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway runs left to right, this is part of the U.S. Route 1 Interchange construction in Virginia. Notice the elevated ramps under construction in the center of the photo, they are part of the local ramps that will connect the Eisenhower Valley in Alexandria, Virginia, to the Beltway's traffic to and from Maryland.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the roof of a Hunting Towers Apartment building. View of the Virginia land approach construction, between the Washington Street Urban Deck (partially visible at left), and the Potomac River Bridge. In the foreground are the two Beltway Outer Loop roadways which are temporarily carrying 3 lanes each way (in the completed project one roadway will be local and one will be express); and in the background is the under construction Beltway Inner Loop roadways.
WWB Project construction, photo taken from the roof of a Hunting Towers Apartment building, showing the completed Washington Street Urban Deck in Alexandria VA. Washington Street is the highway that crosses the Beltway, and its traffic was maintained during construction over the Beltway. The completed Washington Street Deck will span 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 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 roof of a Hunting Towers Apartment building, showing part of the Washington Street Urban Deck, with construction of the Beltway U.S. Route 1 Interchange in the distance.
U.S. Route 1 Interchange construction in Virginia. Looking south down US-1 and across the Beltway. Notice the new 3-lane northbound US-1 bridge, which passes over Hunting Creek, low-lying land, and the Beltway. It is temporarily carrying 2 lanes each way. The new US-1 bridge opened to traffic on March 4, 2007. To the right the new 3-lane southbound US-1 bridge is under construction.
Potomac River Bridge construction of the 6-lane Inner Loop bridge, looking east toward the river, at the Virginia Approach Spans (Potomac River Bridge Virginia Approach Spans contract) construction, from the land near the bridge, showing the V-piers that have been constructed and the steel girders that have been placed. Roadway deck construction is underway. The completed 6-lane Outer Loop WWB is partially visible to the right. The 6-lane Outer Loop Potomac River Bridge is currently configured to carry 3 Beltway Outer Loop lanes and 3 Beltway Inner Loop lanes.
Potomac River Bridge construction of the 6-lane Inner Loop bridge, looking west toward the Virginia end of the bridge, at the Virginia Approach Spans construction, from the land near the bridge, showing the V-piers that have been constructed and the steel girders that have been placed. The completed 6-lane Outer Loop WWB is partially visible to the left.
Potomac River Bridge construction of the 6-lane Inner Loop bridge, looking east toward the river, at the Virginia Approach Spans construction, from the land near the bridge, showing the V-piers that have been constructed and the steel girders that have been placed. The completed 6-lane Outer Loop WWB is partially visible to the right.
Potomac River Bridge construction of the 6-lane Inner Loop bridge, looking west toward the Virginia end of the bridge, at the Virginia Approach Spans construction, from the land near the bridge, showing the V-piers that have been constructed and the steel girders that have been placed. The completed 6-lane Outer Loop WWB is visible to the left.
Potomac River Bridge construction, looking east from Virginia shoreline. To the right is the new 6-lane Outer Loop Potomac River Bridge, and to the left is the under-construction new 6-lane Inner Loop Potomac River Bridge.
Potomac River Bridge construction, interior of a V-pier for the Bascule Span. Notice the permanent stairs that are for maintenance personnel.
Potomac River Bridge construction, looking west from Virginia-side bascule pier of the new bridge. To the left is the new 6-lane Outer Loop Potomac River Bridge, and to the right is the under-construction new 6-lane Inner Loop Potomac River Bridge.
Potomac River Bridge construction, looking west from Virginia-side bascule pier of the new bridge. To the left is the new 6-lane Outer Loop Potomac River Bridge, and to the right is the under-construction new 6-lane Inner Loop Potomac River Bridge.
Potomac River Bridge construction, view of part of the bascule span, notice the fender ring under construction around the waterline of the pier. The fender is to prevent barges and ships from being able to collide with the pier.
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. To the right is the new 6-lane Outer Loop Potomac River Bridge, and to the left is the under-construction new 6-lane Inner Loop Potomac River Bridge.
The new drawbridge Operator's Tower, which is located between the two new bridges, at the Virginia end of the bascule span. Interior view of the operator's station and drawbridge controls. Looking toward Maryland.
The new drawbridge Operator's Tower, which is located between the two new bridges, at the Virginia end of the bascule span. Interior view of the operator's station and drawbridge controls. Looking toward Maryland. Notice the twin new bridges. To the right is the new 6-lane Outer Loop Potomac River Bridge, and to the left is the under-construction new 6-lane Inner Loop Potomac River Bridge. The 6-lane Outer Loop Potomac River Bridge is currently configured to carry 3 Beltway Outer Loop lanes and 3 Beltway Inner Loop lanes. The completed bridges will provide 12 lanes on 4 separate 3-lane roadways, with the inner roadways for express traffic and the outer roadways for local traffic.
The new drawbridge Operator's Tower, which is located between the two new bridges, at the Virginia end of the bascule span. Interior view of the operator's station and drawbridge controls. Looking toward Maryland. Notice the twin new bridges.
The new drawbridge Operator's Tower, view of the drawbridge controls.
The new drawbridge Operator's Tower, which is located between the two new bridges, at the Virginia end of the bascule span. Interior view of the operator's station and drawbridge controls. Looking toward Maryland.
The new drawbridge Operator's Tower, view of the stairs leading up to the operator's station, which is on the floor that the photographer is standing.
The new drawbridge Operator's Tower, which is located between the two new bridges, at the Virginia end of the bascule span. Looking toward Virginia.
In the new drawbridge Operator's Tower, this electrical panel is part of the drawbridge operation system.
View between the two new bridges. Photo was taken from the base of the drawbridge Operator's Tower.
The new drawbridge Operator's Tower, which is located between the two new bridges, at the Virginia end of the bascule span. The forward-leaning part of the tower 'leans' over the drawspan to provide the necessary visibility for the operator. This tower is considerably smaller than the original tower, as the higher vertical navigational clearance (70 feet new, versus 50 feet original) under the drawspan when closed means far fewer (about one per week) drawspan openings will be needed, therefore the human operator will only need to be there occasionally.
The new drawbridge Operator's Tower, which is located between the two new bridges, at the Virginia end of the bascule span.
Potomac River Bridge construction, looking east from near the bascule spans, looking toward Maryland. To the right is the new 6-lane Outer Loop Potomac River Bridge. This roadway is the express (inner) roadway of the under-construction new 6-lane Inner Loop Potomac River Bridge.
The new drawbridge Operator's Tower, which is located between the two new bridges, at the Virginia end of the bascule span. Looking toward Virginia.
The new drawbridge Operator's Tower, which is located between the two new bridges, at the Virginia end of the bascule span. Looking toward Virginia. To the left is the new 6-lane Outer Loop Potomac River Bridge. This roadway is the express (inner) roadway of the under-construction new 6-lane Inner Loop Potomac River Bridge.
Potomac River Bridge construction, looking west from just west of the bascule spans, looking toward Virginia. To the left is the new 6-lane Outer Loop Potomac River Bridge. This roadway is the express (inner) roadway of the under-construction new 6-lane Inner Loop Potomac River Bridge.
Potomac River Bridge construction, looking west from just west of the bascule spans, looking toward Virginia. To the left is the new 6-lane Outer Loop Potomac River Bridge. This roadway is the express (inner) roadway of the under-construction new 6-lane Inner Loop Potomac River Bridge.
Potomac River Bridge construction, looking west from just west of the bascule spans, looking toward Virginia. To the left is the new 6-lane Outer Loop Potomac River Bridge. This roadway is the express (inner) roadway of the under-construction new 6-lane Inner Loop Potomac River Bridge.

Lead article - Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project Photos

This article was released on November 11, 2007, with the first 13 photos, numbered 01 thru 13. The 36 photos, numbered 14 thru 49, were added on December 10, 2007.

Copyright 2007 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 11-21-2007, last updated 12-10-2007)