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Wythe Creek Road (Route 172) Widening Project


Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Estimated to begin spring 2020

$50 million

Hampton and Poquoson

Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads Public Affairs

About the Project

The Wythe Creek Road (Route 172) project will encompass roadway widening from Langley Boulevard in the city of Hampton to approximately 700 feet north of Huntlandia Way in the city of Poquoson. The primary purpose of the project is to raise the existing causeway elevation for emergency egress and to widen the roadway to accommodate future traffic volumes. The average daily traffic (ADT) along Wythe Creek Road is approximately 16,000 vehicles per day.

The Hampton portion of the project includes widening Wythe Creek Road to three lanes, curb and gutter installation, and a 10-foot sidewalk to the east side of the expanded roadway. This project also includes widening the causeway and bridge over Wythe Creek. In Poquoson, Wythe Creek Road will be widened to three lanes and include curb and gutter installation, an 8-foot sidewalk to the west side of the expanded roadway, and a 5-foot sidewalk to the east side.

Traffic safety improvements at the intersection of Wythe Creek Road and Cary’s Chapel Road include widening the road on either side, except in the causeway and bridge location of the project. To aid in maintenance of traffic, the bridge and causeway will be widened to one side.

The project provides a three lane reversible roadway, with two lanes being operated in the southbound direction in the AM peak hour, and two lanes in the northbound direction in the PM peak hour. The center lane will operate as a two way center left turn lane in the off peak hours.

Notice to Proceed was issued to the design consultant in January 2013. Design is proceeding as scheduled.

Aerial Overview of Roadway Plans (as of 8/23/18)

Public Information

A citizen information meeting was held on Monday, October 15, 2013, at Poquoson High School. 

Design Public Hearing:
The design public hearing was held on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Poquoson High School. Documents provided at the hearing can be viewed at the link below: 


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