Year in review: Transportation

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Crews pour the concrete footing for the median barrier, a quarter of a mile west of the Route 105 Fort Eustis interchange on I-64. (Courtesy VDOT.)
Crews pour the concrete footing for the median barrier, a quarter of a mile west of the Route 105 Fort Eustis interchange on I-64. (Courtesy VDOT.)

Traffic fixes are on the way in Greater Williamsburg. 

While the area’s population has been rapidly increasing, the Virginia Department of Transportation and local authorities are busy working on solutions to decrease congestion and increase traffic safety.

Several projects were finished and many more have been planned for the next few years.

The largest project that remains is the widening of Interstate 64.

VDOT kicked off construction on the second of three segments of the I-64 widening project on Oct. 26. After more than a year into the project, the second phase began to widen I-64 in York County, from one mile west of exit 242 through 0.54 miles east of exit 247. See past coverage of the project here.

The second phase of the I-64 widening project is not expected to be completed until April 2019, according to VDOT.

Williamsburg completed milling and paving project

Williamsburg completed its annual milling and paving projects ahead of schedule in June. Lafayette street, City Square, and some sections of Richmond Road were paved. See past coverage here.

VDOT unveiled plans for Longhill Road widening project

The Virginia Department of Transportation unveiled plans to widen Longhill Road at a public hearing at Lafayette High School in December. The plans also call for intersection reconfigurations and a new roundabout. See past coverage here.

VDOT also released a bird’s-eye view video simulation of what the completed project will look like. 

Route 199 ramp-widening project completed

Commuters can expect a less-congested departure when they exit Route 199 via the westbound off-ramp onto Richmond Road in James City County, a project which was completed more than two months ahead of schedule in May. See past coverage here.

VDOT presented changed plans at public hearing for Centerville and News Road intersection after overwhelming public comment

VDOT held a public hearing in November for the proposed design changes to the intersection of Centerville Road and News Road in James City County.

Proposed changes to the intersection of the News road and Centerville road would look similar to this image provided by VDOT.
Proposed changes to the intersection of the News Road and Centerville Road would look similar to this image provided by VDOT.

The proposed plans include construction of turn lanes, mountable curbs and the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection. See past coverage of the public comment against a proposed roundabout, and see the new design plans here.

VDOT announced completion of Route 17 widening project

In December, VDOT crews completed a years-long project to widen George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17) between Hampton Highway and Wolf Trap Road in York County.

The project began in August 2013 and was completed in advance of the scheduled completion date of Dec. 31, 2016. 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. See past coverage here