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Route 617 (North River Road) Reconstruction Project

Mathews County

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
March 1, 2013

Est Completion Date
November 2013


Lengths and Limits
Fron just north of Route 618 to just south of Route 654

George Nice and Sons, Inc.



Kelly Hannon

Update (May 10) - Detour to begin Monday, May 13

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May 8, 2013 Update: Detour Delayed - New Date To Be Determined

Weather continues to cause delays in the planned Route 617 detour.  The new detour date will be determined once weather conditions improve.


Project Update: Three Week Detour Set to Begin on Monday, April 29

Route 617 traffic will be detoured for approximately three weeks beginning Monday, April 29, weather permitting.  

During the detour crews will be replacing and upgrading multiple pipe crossings.  

Through traffic on Route 617 from just north of Route 618 to just south of Route 654 will use the following 4.3 mile detour:  

  • From Route 14 take Route 660 to Route 618 back to Route 617

Access to home located within the work zone will be maintained at all times during the detour period.  

Project Overview

The project will widen and improve the existing travel lanes on Route 617 from just north of Route 618 to just south of Route 654.  

The improved section of Route 617 will consists of two 11-foot travel lane with 3-foot shoulder and a 4-foot ditch. Areas that require guardrail will have 6-foot shoulders.  

According to a 2008 traffic count, 1,155 vehicles per day use this section of Route 617.  Traffic is projected to increase to 1, 382 vehicles per day by 2026.   

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