In Design: Wythe Creek Road (Route 172) Widening Project

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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 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.

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

Reversible Roadway

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.


The primary purpose of the project is to raise the existing causeway elevation for emergency evacuation and to widen the roadway to accommodate future traffic volumes. 

Major Milestones 

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

Tree clearing and utility relocations are underway and anticipated to be complete by fall 2020. 

The project is currently estimated to be advertised for construction in spring/summer 2021. 

Construction completion is estimated for spring/summer 2024.


Contact Info:

Hampton Roads Public Affairs



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Phase: In Design

UPC: 97715, 13427

Lat/Long: 37.096512, -76.392960

Locality: Hampton and Poquoson

Page last modified: April 17, 2020