The extra construction workers you will start seeing on Route 17 in Stafford in a week or so will be there for the road widening project. Kelly Hannon with VDOT says it will run from Geico to Mclane Mid Atlantic. You'll start to see highway workers soon. Hannon says now that ground has been broken, work to put in an additional lane north and south from McLane MidAtlantic to Geico gets underway. Initial work starts to the north of the Celebrate Virginia Parkway. Any traffic changes or actual lane closures will take place overnight and be cleared in time for the weekday morning commute.
In all, it will take three years to complete. The work will progress closer toward I-95 as time moves on. In addition to the two extra lanes, turn lanes will also help people get into and out of Route 17 businesses. There will be sidewalks added and traffic light improvements as well.
The changes are designed to handle the nearly 50,000 vehicles on the stretch of road every day. That number is expected to skyrocket by the time the project is done at the end of 2016.