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Route 17 Arterial Preservation Plan

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Project at a Glance
Begin Date
April 2020

Est Completion Date
March 2022

Lengths and Limits
The study area extends from the intersection of Route 258 (Brewers Neck Blvd) in Isle of Wight County to the intersection of College Drive in the City of Suffolk. The study area is 10.5 miles in length.

Contractor
Michael Baker International

Locality
Isle of Wight and Suffolk

District
Hampton Roads

Contact
Hampton Roads Public Information
757-956-3032

Overview

The purpose of an Arterial Preservation Plan is to develop a holistic approach that identifies ways to ensure the safety and preserve the capacity of the Commonwealth’s arterial highway network without wide scale roadway widenings.  This Arterial Preservation Plan has been requested to identify investment recommendations that will help preserve and enhance this key transportation corridor due to the important role it plays in the region as significant tourism corridor, a key freight corridor serving the Port of Virginia, and a vital link within the Commonwealth. 

Learn more about VDOT's Arterial Preservation Plans here.

Stakeholders

Localities involved in the study include Isle of Wight County and the City of Suffolk, along with the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization and Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission.

Status/Current Activities

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is seeking feedback through an online survey, part of an Arterial Preservation Plan studying ways to enhance safety, preserve capacity and improve mobility on Route 17 in the City of Suffolk and Isle of Wight County, all without large-scale roadway widening.

Public involvement was first conducted in September 2020 with an online survey that received more than 1,000 responses. The focus of this survey was to gather opinions on travel experiences within the study area between Isle of Wight and the City of Suffolk. Responses were used to supplement a data-driven analysis of existing conditions and inform recommendations to address identified issues.

An online Metroquest survey was open Jan. 17-31, 2022 to collect feedback on recommendations to improve travel conditions in this area. This was the second survey in a series, with this survey focused specifically on the portion of Route 17 from College Drive in the City of Suffolk to the Isle of Wight County line, and respondents were asked to rate and prioritize proposed improvements to this corridor. The third survey created to gather feedback on recommendations to improve travel conditions on Route 17 is focused specifically on the portion of Route 17 in Isle of Wight County, from the Suffolk city line to Route 258 (Brewers Neck Boulevard) in the County was open for participation March 7-21, 2022.

All meeting materials and study documents for the Route 17 Arterial Management Plan can be found in the Study Documents and Resources section. The Draft Corridor Recommendations document provide the full set of recommendations along the corridor.

Benefits 

This Arterial Preservation Plan has been requested to identify investment recommendations that will help preserve and enhance this key transportation corridor due to the important role it plays in the region as significant tourism corridor, a key freight corridor serving the Port of Virginia, and a vital link within the Commonwealth. 

Study Timeline

  • A study kickoff meeting was held with stakeholders in June 2020.
  • Traffic and crash data collection and field investigation was performed in Summer 2020. Traffic data collected during the COVID-19 pandemic was adjusted based on reference data from before the pandemic.
  • An online public survey to gain public insight along the study corridor was conducted in September 2020.
  • The study team developed a forecast of future traffic conditions for the year 2040 based on anticipated growth patterns.
  • Potential solutions to issues defined through the existing conditions analysis and survey were tested and discussed by the study team. These concepts can be viewed in the ‘Concept Development Meeting’ document in the Study Documents and Resources section.
  • The preferred recommendations for the corridor were further developed with sketches, cost estimates, and anticipated benefits to share with the public in a second survey as noted in the next steps. Draft corridor recommendations are shared in the Study Documents and Resources section.
  • Next steps: A second round of public involvement will be conducted in January 2022 to gain feedback on the proposed concepts. After this survey is complete, the study team will refine study recommendations based on responses from the second public survey and incorporate them into a final report.

* Please note that due to action by the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors regarding the Nike Park Road extension, two separate MetroQuest surveys will be conducted for the Route 17 APP. One survey for the City of Suffolk was held in January 2022 and the survey for Isle of Wight County is open from March 7-21, 2022. This will allow the study team to account for any impacts the Nike Park Road Extension project may have on recommended concepts.

Study Documents and Resources

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