York EDA Proposes Allowing Temporary Business Signs for Duration of Route 17 Construction

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Construction crews are currently trenching in front of Precision Glass & Mirror (Marie Albiges/WYDaily)
Construction crews trenched in front of Precision Glass & Mirror in March. (Marie Albiges/WYDaily)

Businesses located within the road widening project on York County’s Route 17 may soon be allowed to keep their temporary signs until the end of the construction project.

The York County Economic Development Authority first proposed an amendment to the sign ordinance, which limited the signs to 120 days, at its Feb. 27 meeting and wrote a letter asking the Board of Supervisors to allow the change.

“The members felt by allowing this change, impacted businesses would be able to offset some of the negative effects of the construction through the longer use of temporary signage,” EDA chairman Anderson Moberg wrote in a memorandum to the York County Board of Supervisors.

The Board of Supervisors voted last week to sponsor the amendment, which will now go to the Planning Commission for a recommendation before going back to the supervisors for final approval.

Contracting crews are hard at work on the $25.2 million project that will widen the highway to six lanes between Hampton Highway to Wolf Trap Road and alleviate congestion on the highly-traveled road.

A March 23 project from the Virginia Department of Transportation said crews are finishing the construction of the northbound section of the bridge as well as curb and gutter installation, permanent storm drainage system installation and the widening of the northbound and southbound bridge lanes.

Some business entrances along Route 17 are also currently partially blocked as crews repave and reconstruct entrances.

To further help businesses as the construction project continues, the county will host retail and restaurant expert Marc Willson, who will be speaking in a seminar for business owners who wish to learn more about how to thrive during periods of road construction.

The seminar will be held at 9 a.m. April 20 in the Freight Shed, located at 331 Water St. in Yorktown.

Citizens wishing to attend the seminar are asked to RSVP to econdev@yorkcounty.gov by April 15.

Temporary signs can be obtained through a permit application, which can be found here.

For information on signage opportunities around Route 17, call the zoning office at 757-890-3523. To report construction-related emergencies, contact VDOT Head Project Inspector Carlos Rivera at 757-234-5687.

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Correction 4/13/15: The York County Board of Supervisors voted to sponsor the amendment last week. A previous version of this article indicated the York County Board of Supervisors had approved the change.