George Washington Memorial Highway Widening Project (Route 17)
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
Dec. 31, 2016
Lengths and Limits
Hampton Roads Public Affairs
George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17) in York County was a four-lane divided highway with an average daily traffic volume of approximately 56,000 vehicles. There was frequent traffic congestion and delays during peak travel periods. Motorists were experiencing traffic congestion with delays during the commuter peak travel periods.
Traffic volume is projected to increase to about 90,000 vehicles per day by the design year 2035.
The completed improvements have increased the capacity of George Washington Memorial Highway between Hampton Highway and Wolf Trap Road, from four lanes to six lanes, with three lanes in each direction.
The new roadway includes a raised median, curb and gutter, with a shared-use path parallel to the northbound lane from Mill Road to Showalter Road.
The two existing bridges over the Poquoson River were replaced with one bridge carrying six lanes of traffic and a shared-use path.
The project was included in the Fiscal Year 2012 - 17 Six-Year Improvement Program. Planning, engineering, and right-of-way acquisition and construction are complete.
The project was completed on-budget on Dec. 23, 2016, in advance of the scheduled completion date. All three lanes are now open to traffic, and the speed limit has been raised back to 45 mph.
The new travel lanes in Phase I (from Hampton Highway to AMF York Lanes Bowling Alley), opened to traffic on Friday, May 20.
In Phase II (from AMF York Lanes Bowling Alley to Washington Square Shopping Center and Oriana Road/Lakeside Drive), as of Friday, September 2, all three lanes have been reopened on George Washington Highway up to Washington Square.
In Phase III (from AMF York Lanes Bowling Alley to Washington Square Shopping Center and Oriana Road/Lakeside Drive), as of Friday, December 23, all three lanes have been reopened on George Washington Highway up to Wolf Trap Road.
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More project photos are available on Flickr.
On Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, an update on the project was presented at Grafton High School in York County:
Other Project News
New Traffic Detection System Installed
Wireless sensors (also known as pucks) have been installed in the roadway along the Route 17 George Washington Highway project corridor.
The sensors detect vehicles and transmit data for analysis of traffic speed, travel times and volume trends.
More about pucks: Traffic Systems Face Off with Game Changing Technology