VDOT News - Fredericksburg



Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
(540) 656-0321 cell


Feb. 12, 2020

Join us from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, February 24 at Abingdon Elementary School to learn more about a safety improvement project at Route 17 and Route 216 (Guinea Road) intersection

FREDERICKSBURG The public is invited to learn more about a project to enhance safety near the intersection of Route 17 and Route 216 (Guinea Road) in Gloucester County, and to provide comment on the proposed design.

A design public hearing will be held:

Monday, February 24, 2020*

5-7 p.m.

Abingdon Elementary School


7087 Powhatan Drive

Hayes, VA 23072

*Inclement weather date: Monday, March 2, 2020

Stop by the public hearing anytime between 5-7 p.m. to review displays and proposed design plans, and discuss questions with Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) staff. The meeting will be an open house format, with no formal presentation delivered.

Written and oral comments on the project will be accepted at the public meeting, and afterward through Thursday, March 5, 2020.

Comments may also be submitted by mailing them to Mr. Gary Li, VDOT Project Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation, 87 Deacon Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22405.

Comments may be emailed to fred.comments@vdot.virginia.gov. Please reference “Route 17 & Route 216 Project Comments” in the email subject line.

Project Background

This proposed project is being funded with federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds.

Proposed design changes seek to improve safety by reducing conflicts points near this intersection, which reduces the crash risk for motorists and pedestrians.

Several commercial entrances along Route 17 northbound would become right-turn-in only, directing emerging traffic to use the main York River Crossing shopping center exit at the traffic signal. Along Route 17 southbound, the northernmost entrance to the Hayes Plaza shopping center would close, directing traffic to use the main signalized entrance and exit.  

On Guinea Road, the existing concrete median would be slightly shifted to allow for construction of a dedicated left turn lane and dedicated through lane for traffic approaching Route 17. The project would retain a dedicated right turn lane.

Construction is anticipated to start in early 2023 and conclude in October 2023.

The project cost is estimated at $977,900.

Please visit the project page online at www.VirginiaDOT.org to view meeting materials. All materials will be posted online by Monday, Feb. 24.


VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.


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