VDOT News - Hampton Roads
Brittany McBride 757-925-1515
Dec. 28, 2016
GEORGE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL HIGHWAY (ROUTE 17) WIDENING PROJECT COMPLETED, SPEED LIMIT BACK TO 45 MPH
Project to reduce congestion completed on-budget and ahead of schedule
YORK COUNTY — On Friday, December 23, crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) completed a project to widen George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17) between Hampton Highway and Wolf Trap Road in York County. All lanes have reopened to traffic, and the speed limit has been raised back to 45 mph.
To increase vehicle capacity and reduce congestion, the 2.8-mile corridor has been widened from four to six lanes, with three lanes in each direction. The new roadway also includes a raised median, curb and gutter, underground stormwater piping, a new traffic detection system and a shared-use path parallel to the northbound lane from Mill Road to Showalter Road. Two bridges over the Poquoson River were replaced with one bridge carrying six lanes of traffic and a shared-use path.
E.V. Williams, Inc. was awarded the construction contract in the amount of $25.2 million. The project began in August 2013 and was completed in advance of the scheduled completion date of December 31, 2016.
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