VDOT announces completion of Rt. 17 widening project

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(Courtesy VDOT)
All lanes along a stretch of the George Washington Memorial Highway were reopened to traffic Friday, and the speed limit was raised back to 45 miles per hour. (Courtesy VDOT)

Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation have completed a years-long project to widen George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17) between Hampton Highway and Wolf Trap Road in York County. 

According to a news release from VDOT, all lanes were reopened to traffic Friday, and the speed limit was raised back to 45 miles per hour.

The project began in August 2013 and was completed in advance of the scheduled completion date of Dec. 31, 2016, the release stated.

The 2.8-mile corridor was widened from four to six lanes, with three lanes in each direction.

The project also included the construction of 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.

According to the release, crews constructed one bridge, carrying six lanes of traffic and a shared-use path, to replace two bridges previously constructed over the Poquoson River.