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: The first phase of construction is underway, which includes installation of temporary and permanent storm drainage systems, temporary widening of the north- and southbound lanes and demolition of the existing bridges and construction of the new bridge over the Poquoson River. Pile driving will occur in each phase of the work as it progresses from the median to the southbound lanes to the northbound lanes until the end of the first phase of construction in early 2015.
Construction of the northbound deck of the bridge was completed in May. Reconstruction of the southbound lanes is now underway. Installation of the water line along the northbound lanes has also begun. Work on the sound wall is anticipated to begin soon, with construction of the footings, followed by the columns and finally the panels.
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More project photos are available on Flickr.
Beginning the week of August 18, starting at 7 p.m., there will be brief traffic stops of up to 15 to 20 minutes at a time at the intersection of Ella Taylor Road as crews install a temporary traffic signal. Virginia State Police will be at the site to assist with traffic control. Following installation, the signal should be fully activated within a couple of weeks.