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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

$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: 

The new travel lanes in Phase I (from Hampton Highway to AMF York Lanes Bowling Alley), opened to traffic on Friday, May 20.This phase is now complete.

While you may still see some work activity in Phase II to finish the final punch list items, as of Friday, September 2, all three lanes have been reopened on George Washington Highway up to Washington Square.  

Completed work for Phase II (from AMF York Lanes Bowling Alley to Washington Square Shopping Center and Oriana Road/Lakeside Drive) include surface paving and construction and paving of entrances. Crews have also finished permanent striping and installation of signs. The contractor continues to complete the final punch list items for Phase II.  

In Phase III (from Washington Square Shopping Center to north of Wolf Trap Road), crews have completed all storm drain work, water service activities including hydrant installation, and continued southbound and northbound paving, as well as continued construction of new medians.

The work underway in Phase III includes installation of curb and gutter, placing top soil and landscaping in the median areas, milling and paving operations, and construction of center medians. A northbound and southbound traffic shift has also been implemented in Phase III shifting traffic onto the newly constructed pavement on the outside lanes to allow for additional construction of the center median.

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On Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, an update on the project was presented at Grafton High School in York County: 

George Washington Highway Widening Project Presentation

Traffic Alerts

Ongoing: Contractor crews are performing paving operations in the daytime (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays) on George Washington Memorial Highway (US- 17) between Wolf Trap Road (Route 630 N/S) to the ramp at Hampton Highway (Route 134) in York County. The work will require alternating single-lane closures in both the north- and southbound directions. 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. Motorists are advised to expect potential delays. All work is subject to weather conditions.

Traffic has been shifted slightly to the newly constructed outside lanes to allow for construction of the new median from Washington Square Shopping Center to north of Wolf Trap Road.

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.

At this time, the speed limit will return to 45 mph at the completion of the project. The contractor currently has daily operations in both Phases II and III, with occasional work in Phase I as needed. To maximize safety for both motorists and crews, the speed limit will remain at 35 mph for now.

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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