VDOT News - Hampton Roads



Jennifer Gwaltney 757-925-2583

Aug. 12, 2013

George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17) Widening Project Ready to Begin
Initial construction activities to begin this week

YORK COUNTY – A project to widen George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17) is scheduled to begin construction this week.  E.V. Williams was awarded the $25.2 million contract to 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 project spans 2.8 miles, and will be completed in three phases. The first phase of construction will begin at Hampton Highway and extend to Lakeside Drive. Upcoming work includes survey, operations, clearing, environmental controls and temporary widening in preparation of lane shifts. All construction work is dependent upon weather conditions.

In order to minimize inconvenience to motorists, north- and southbound lane closures are scheduled to occur during weeknights, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Crews will also be working in the roadway during the day; however, no daytime lane closures are planned at this time. Motorists are advised to drive with caution when traveling in the construction area. Temporary signs and variable message boards will be in place to alert motorists to construction activities.  Access to businesses will be maintained at all times.

Motorists will be advised of any additional lane closures or traffic shifts that may occur during the project, which is scheduled for completion in winter 2016.

To learn more about the project, please visit: http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/george_washington_memorial_highway.asp

Motorists are encouraged to visit www.va511.org, call 511, listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information.   


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