Image created with Google Earth.

This week, Google Earth added new aerial images of the Washington region from April 30 of this year. These images provide an updated view of some of the region’s latest infrastructure projects.

Prior to the addition of these images, the latest views of the region available of Google Earth were from 2016. Since then, much progress has been made on various transit, road, and development projects across DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

The Capitol Crossing project has fully covered I-395 as new buildings rise above the freeway. Image from Google Earth.

In the District, the updated views show the progress of the Capitol Crossing project, showing I-395 fully decked over with new buildings going up above the freeway. Also visible is the plethora of new construction around Navy Yard and DC United’s new home, Audi Field.

Several new buildings are under construction along Half St SE in the Navy Yard area. Image from Google Earth.

A nearly complete Audi Field is seen six weeks prior to last weekend’s opener. Image from Google Earth.

In Maryland, the images show the Purple Line construction from Bethesda to New Carrollton, which began last year, including the start of tunnel construction in the Long Branch area of Silver Spring.

Purple Line construction underway at Wisconsin & Elm in downtown Bethesda. Image from Google Earth.

One of the portals to the Purple Line’s Plymouth Street tunnel is seen under construction in the Long Branch community. Image from Google Earth.

Purple Line grading work along Veterans Parkway and the Glenridge Yard near New Carrollton. Image from Google Earth.

The images show new bike lanes in downtown Silver Spring, the growth of Riverdale Park Station in Riverdale, and the new Watkins Mill interchange under construction in Gaithersburg.

New protected bikeway on Spring and Cedar Streets in downtown Silver Spring. Image from Google Earth.

Riverdale Park Station and new bridge over CSX tracks in Riverdale. Image from Google Earth.

Watkins Mill interchange under construction in Gaithersburg along I-270. Image from Google Earth.

In northern Virginia, significant progress on phase 2 of the Silver Line can be seen. Stations are nearing completion, tracks have been laid on much of the new railbed, and significant transit-oriented development is occurring around the Ashburn station.

Dulles Airport Silver Line station. Image from Google Earth.

Innovation Center station, northern Virginia’s proposed site for Amazon’s HQ2. Image from Google Earth.

TOD occuring around the future Ashburn station. Image from Google Earth.

The examples are just a sampling of the multitude of changes across the area. What do you see in these latest images in your community? Let us know in the comments!

Sean Emerson is a lifelong resident of the Four Corners area of Silver Spring, where he blogs about his community at Around The Corners. He became interested in planning and transportation issues after reading Just Up the Pike and Greater Greater Washington. He has served on the board of Action Committee for Transit since 2016. His views expressed here are his alone.