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George Washington Memorial Highway Widening Project (Route 17)

York County

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
August 2013

Est Completion Date
December 31, 2016

Estimated Cost: $25.2 million

E.V. Williams


Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads Public Affairs

Project Overview

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: A significant project milestone for the first phase of construction was accomplished in September 2015 with the completion of the bridge structure.Traffic was shifted onto the newly-constructed lanes in late October. Crews have begun deconstructing the pavement from the connector road and constructing the median, to include topsoil, seeding, landscaping and curbing. 

In Phase II, installation of waterline, storm sewer pipes and drainage structures continues. Paving operations of the outside lanes are underway from Lakeside Drive/Oriana Road to George Washington Shopping Center. 

Traffic signalization work remains ongoing in Phase III. 

Another left turn lane has been added at the intersection of Ella Taylor Road and George Washington Highway. Please be alert to the new traffic pattern.

On Thursday, Jan. 22, an update on the project was presented at Grafton High School in York County: 

George Washington Highway Widening Project Presentation

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Traffic Alerts

Throughout the duration of the project, weeknight single-lane closures are in effect from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. Depending upon the work activities, lane closures may occur during the daytime hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.and on weekends if necessary. 

Showalter Road traffic is being detoured to Ella Taylor Road through late fall 2015. 


Other Project News

New Traffic Detection System Installed
Wireless sensors (also known as pucks) have been installed in the roadway along the Route 17 George Washington Highway project corridor. The sensors detect vehicles and transmit data for analysis of traffic speed, travel times and volume trends. Learn more about pucks here: Traffic Systems Face Off with Game Changing Technology

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