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This time lapse was a two day shoot. They worked for 48 hours straight to get the job done. We had two cameras in the same position.
Today, the Powhite Parkway is one of the most heavily-traveled corridors in the Richmond metropolitan area. Nearly 90,000 vehicles travel on the Powhite Parkway each day with that figure rising to more than 100,000 on peak days. From May until October 1996, extensive work to resurface the Powhite Parkway Bridge took place. The $2.8 million project involved replacing the deck surface with a concrete and latex mixture to extend the life of the facility. After re-striping, the number of northbound lanes on the bridge increased from four lanes to five.
The Powhite Parkway had an extensive construction project to widen the northbound and southbound lanes. The Split Plaza project was completed in the fall of 2008. Drivers noticed the new shift will happened in conjunction with the demolition of a section of the Powhite Parkway mainline toll plaza canopy. Construction crews removed two toll booths and a portion of the plaza canopy and the work was completed by Sunday, April 13, 2008.
Upon completion in the summer 2008, the Powhite Plaza Expansion/Split Plaza Project introduce three ORT lanes, also known as express lanes, in each direction along the Parkway, allowing E-ZPass customers to travel at near highway speeds through barrier-free toll lanes. This project was the final phase of the Richmond Metropolitan Authority’s ambitious program, dating back to 2001, which will significantly reduce traffic congestion on the Parkway.
The official pronunciation is “POW-hite,” in the same manner as you pronounce “Powhatan” and “Powder.” The name comes from the name of the creek that the parkway follows. References to the creek by this name have been found in records more than 300 years old, and the creek probably was named by Native Americans who were in the area long before colonial settlers arrived.