LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
May 6, 2011
CONSTRUCTION FINISHING ON U.S. 17 IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IN GLOUCESTER
Final Paving and Milling Work Continues on Northbound and Southbound U.S.17 During Next Two Weeks in Gloucester Point Area
FREDERICKSBURG – Daytime travel delays on U.S. 17 are anticipated over the next two weeks in the Gloucester Point area of Gloucester County.
Work crews will mill and pave both directions of U.S. 17 to install a final asphalt surface in the project work zone.
Next week, traffic will be temporarily limited to a single travel lane on both northbound and southbound U.S. 17 between the George P. Coleman Bridge and Water Edge Lane/Bellehaven Drive.
Northbound U.S. 17 traffic will be reduced to one lane from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays during the week of Monday, May 9. Workers will mill pavement in the northbound lanes.
Intersections on northbound U.S. 17 will also be milled in the project work zone. When this occurs, this will require a 20-minute closure of all turn lanes at the affected intersection.
Virginia State Police will assist with traffic control during the closures, which will occur as work progresses along northbound U.S. 17. Motorists should follow the direction of law enforcement officials to make turns at alternate intersections.
Due to the project’s close proximity to the toll plaza at the Coleman Bridge, two toll plaza lanes will close from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. Closing two plaza lanes allows vehicles to merge prior to entering the work zone.
On southbound U.S. 17, traffic will be reduced to one lane from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays during the week of Monday, May 9 for paving operations. Paving on southbound U.S. 17 is expected to be complete next week, weather permitting.
The following week, additional work will be required on northbound U.S. 17 on weekdays. Traffic will be reduced to one lane on northbound U.S. 17 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. the week of Monday, May 16 for paving.
Message boards will be placed on northbound and southbound U.S. 17 to warn motorists of the work zone as they approach it. Motorists should allow extra travel time to navigate the affected segment of U.S. 17 during work zone hours.
Construction to widen U.S. 17 began in early spring 2009. A continuous right turn lane was added on U.S. 17 to improve traffic flow and safety in the corridor. A raised median divides traffic traveling in opposite directions, with new traffic features to improve safety for southbound U.S. 17 traffic turning left across northbound U.S. 17 travel lanes.
The project has a scheduled completion date of October 2011, although work is currently proceeding several months ahead of schedule.
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