George Washington Memorial Highway Widening Project (Route 17)
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
Estimated Cost: $25.2 million
Hampton Roads Public Affairs
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 are complete.
Current Status: Work in Phase I continues with construction of the northbound section of the bridge, including the approaches.Other work includes ongoing installation of the permanent storm drainage systems and continued installation of the water line, widening and reconstruction of the northbound and southbound lanes. The sound wall and storm water management basin are now complete.
In Phases II and III, temporary widening of the median continues. Additional activities include installation of erosion and sediment controls, installation of the water main and hydrants, and installation of storm drain and utilities.
Permanent and temporary signalization activities, such as pole foundations, setting poles and installation of conduit are ongoing throughout the project.
On Thursday, Jan. 22, an update on the project was presented at Grafton High School in York County:
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More project photos are available on Flickr.