Under Construction: Longhill Road Widening


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The 2014 Longhill Road Corridor Study, conducted by James City County, proposed various improvements to Longhill Road to relieve congestion, improve safety, and enhance other forms of transit. The Study can be viewed on the James City County website here https://jamescitycountyva.gov/484/Longhill-Road-Corridor-Study

Based on the study, this project will widen Longhill Road from two lanes to a 4-lane, median divided typical section from 465 feet east of Williamsburg West Drive to 1,082 feet west of the Olde Towne Road/Devon Road intersection. A 10-foot shared-use path along the north side of the roadway will also be included.

The design will maintain and/or implement desirable access management strategies, such as right-in/right-out/channelized left-turn lanes. The improvements will also include a roundabout at Longhill Road and Williamsburg Plantation Drive, signal system wireless interconnect, construction of bus pull-off areas, and pedestrian improvements (a shared-use path, crosswalks and pedestrian push buttons). The outside lane will have extra width to accommodate cyclists.

Traffic will be maintained with a minimum of a single lane in each direction throughout the project duration. During construction, access will be maintained for local businesses and residences.

View the 3D Traffic Model of Proposed Improvements After Construction video.

Longhill Road Project Limits Map


This project is intended to relieve congestion on Longhill Road by widening from two lanes to four lanes separated by a raised median, as well as enhance bicycle, pedestrian and bus accommodations. 

Major Milestones 

All right of way has been acquired and the first phase of utility relocations from Route 199 to Olde Towne Square has been completed. The second phase of utility relocations for the rest of the project corridor is currently underway.

On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded the $10.2 million construction contract to Branscome Inc. of Williamsburg. 

In November 2019, crews are beginning to mobilize and and begin installation of temporary construction signage and silt fence, as well as starting clearing and grubbing operations along the project corridor.  In this early phase of work, crews will also be installing a temporary sidewalk to maintain pedestrian access, as well as some utility construction activities. Initial roadway widening activities are anticipated to begin near Williamsburg Plantation Drive by early next year.

Project Updates


Jan./Feb. 2020: Subscriber Project Update

Feb. 11, 2020: Traffic Update--Upcoming Scheduled Lane Closures

April 3, 2020: Traffic Update-- Upcoming Scheduled Lane Closures & Westbound Traffic Shift


Contact Info:

Hampton Roads Communications

Project Photos


Phase: Utility Relocation & Project Construction Underway

UPC: 100921

Lat/Long: 37°18'30.99

Locality: James City

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Page last modified: April 3, 2020