Route 17 Widening - From Four Lanes to Six Lanes
Project at a Glance
Estimated Construction Date: 2013
Estimated Cost: $65 million
Andrew Scott, P.E., Project Manager
George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17) in York County is a four-lane divided highway with an average daily traffic volume of approximately 56,000 vehicles. There is frequent traffic congestion and delays during peak travel periods. Motorists are experiencing traffic congestion with delays during the commuter peak travel periods. Traffic volume is projected to increase to about 90,000 vehicles per day by the design year 2035.
The proposed improvements will increase the capacity of George Washington Memorial Highway between Hampton Highway and Wolf Trap Road, from four lanes to six lanes, with three lanes in each direction. The proposed roadway will include a raised median, curb and gutter, with a shared-use path parallel to the northbound lane from Mill Road to Showalter Road. The two existing bridges over the Poquoson River will be replaced with one bridge carrying six lanes of traffic and a shared-use path.
The project has been included in the FY2012-2017 Six-Year Improvement Program. Planning, engineering, and right-of-way acquisition is complete.
Current Status: Utilities are being placed underground. The project will be advertised for construction in January 2013, 11 months ahead of schedule, with construction anticipated to begin in spring 2013.