George Washington Memorial Highway Widening Project (Route 17)
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
December 31, 2016
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 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.
Work activities for Phase II (from AMF York Lanes Bowling Alley to Washington Square Shopping Center and Oriana Road/Lakeside Drive) include continued surface paving operations and construction and paving of entrances. Other work includes permanent striping and installation of signs and energizing of permanent traffic signals.
The work underway in Phase III (from Washington Square Shopping Center to north of Wolf Trap Road) includes installation and replacement of water mains and services and meter relocations. Sanitary sewer systems reconstruction remains ongoing. Storm sewer systems installation continues, which includes the median areas. Roadway widening remains ongoing, and existing traffic signals are being removed and replaced with new permanent traffic signals.
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, 2015, an update on the project was presented at Grafton High School in York County:
To receive email project updates, send a request to hamptonroadspublicinfo@VDOT.virginia.gov with "Subscribe to George Washington Highway Project Updates" in the subject line.
More project photos are available on Flickr.
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. Motorists are advised to expect potential delays. All work is subject to weather conditions.
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.
Beginning Friday, March 4, traffic will be shifted slightly to the newly constructed lanes to allow for construction of the new median between AMF York Lanes Bowling Alley to Washington Square Shopping Center and Oriana Road/Lakeside Drive.
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