Studies: Route 17 and Route 360 Corridor Study

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The Virginia Department of Transportation has completed a study of Route 17 and Route 360 corridor in the Town of Tappahannock from Airport Road to LaGrange Industrial Drive. 

Final Study Report

Project Summary Sheets


Route 17 (Church Lane) is the main north-south road in the Town of Tappahannock’s historic district. It is
is also a corridor of statewide significance for moving people and goods throughout Virginia and outside
the state. Route 17 and Route 360 run concurrently through the Town of Tappahannock from Queen Street
through Brays Fork.

This study examined safety issues for motorists, pedestrians, and other travel modes like bicyclists and
bus riders, and traffic congestion and access spacing issues. The study also recommends improvements to address these issues.

This study is part of VDOT’s Strategically Targeted and Affordable Roadway Solutions (STARS) program,
in which VDOT planners and engineers work with local planners and stakeholders to address critical
safety and traffic congestion challenges at key locations throughout Virginia.

The STARS Program seeks to develop comprehensive, innovative transportation improvements to relieve congestion bottlenecks and create projects that improve critical traffic and safety challenges to be programmed in the VDOT Six-Year Improvement Program.

Click here to view a fact sheet on the STARS program.

Consultant firms EPR and Kimley-Horn assisted VDOT with this study. 


  • Develops project concepts for future funding opportunities
  • Seeks to relieve congestion bottlenecks, and improve critical traffic and safety challenges
  • Engages public to share feedback on their travel experience at the beginning of the study to address concerns, and then comment on proposed concepts as the study nears completion. 

Major Milestones 

Study Begins: March 2021

Online Public Survey: Early May 2021-Early June 2021

Second Online Public Survey, on Draft Study Recommendations: October 8-November 5, 2021

Virtual Citizen Information Meeting: October 14, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Study Complete: Spring 2022


Lat/Long: 37.925842, -76.859376

Locality: Essex

Page last modified: March 27, 2023