Recently Completed: Route 17 Corridor Improvements at Tappahannock


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This project seeks to improve safety and efficiency at several locations on Route 17 in Tappahannock in Essex County: 

Route 17 and Route 360 (Queen Street) intersection

The existing pavement at the intersection will be reconfigured to increase the right turn radius from Queen Street to westbound Church Lane. The entrances to the Essex County parking lot will be reconstructed to reduce eastbound traffic queueing. Also, the pedestrian crossing will be relocated and rebuilt with handicapped-accessible curb ramps.

Route 17 and Route 725 (Winston Road) intersection

This crossover will be converted to eliminate left turns from Winston Road onto Route 17 southbound. A median island will be built in the crossover, and the existing curb will be modified to improve the alignment and position for turning traffic.

Route 17 northbound and southbound shoulder improvements between Route 1030 (Granary Road) and Route 698

To enhance pedestrian and bicycle travel along the Route 17 corridor, the existing graded shoulder will be paved for 3,500 feet along Route 17 northbound and 2,500 feet of Route 17 southbound. View a map of where shoulders will be paved. 

Essex County submitted an application to build this $1 million project through Virginia’s SMART SCALE transportation funding program.


This project seeks to improve pedestrian and bicyclist travel along Route 17 in Tappahannock, as well as enhance safety by modifying a crossover at one intersection, and improve the turning radius at another intersection. 

Major Milestones 

Construction begins: February 12, 2021

Construction ends: June 2021


Major funding source: SMART SCALE

Phase: Recently Completed

Lat/Long: 37.928987, -76.861252

Locality: Essex

Page last modified: June 25, 2021