HR-23-09: Route 17 - York County

From Denbigh Boulevard to Cook Road


The Phase 1 survey regarding potential transportation safety, operations, transportation demand management, and bicycle/pedestrian/transit access improvements along Route 17 (George Washington Memorial Highway) between Denbigh Boulevard and Cook Road, in York County is complete.

project purpose

The purpose of this study is to analyze the operational and safety issues identified along Route 17 (George Washington Memorial Highway) between Denbigh Boulevard and Cook Road, with a focus on providing enhanced pedestrian, bicycle, and transit access as well as preserving vehicular capacity, transportation demand management, and safety improvements. Over 600 crashes were reported within the study corridor between 2015 and 2022. About one-third of the crashes resulted in injury and 13% involved speeding. The objective of this study is to identify cost-effective preferred improvement alternatives that address the identified needs.

study partners

  • York County
  • Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO)
  • Kimley-Horn
  • EPR

key points of contact

District Lead: Jerry Pauley 

Lead Consultant: Rob Prunty/Andy Nagle/Bill Wuensch


Phase 1 May - August 2023 Diagnose Problems/Conduct Initial Public Outreach/Brainstorm Alternatives
Phase 2 September - December 2023 Evaluate Preliminary Alternatives/Conduct Public Outreach and Obtain Feedback/Select Preferred Alternatives
Phase 3 January-July 2024  Conduct Risk Assessment/Develop and Refine Preferred Alternatives/Prepare Cost Estimate and Investment Strategy

Phase 1 Public Engagement Summary

Dates September 6-20, 2023
Number of Participants (unique individuals) 602

The following needs have been identified for this study. Do you agree with this initial assessment?
Safety Improvements 71%
Preservation of Vehicular Capacity 66%
Operational Improvements 65%
Transportation Demand Management 52%
Bicycle Access 46%
Pedestrian Access 44%
Enhanced Transit Access 31%

What mode(s) of travel do you use when traveling along the study area?
Personal Vehicle 99%
Cycling 10%
Walking 7%
Truck or Commercial Vehicle 3%
Taxi / Uber / Lyft 2%
Carpool / Vanpool 2%
Other 1%
Metro Bus, Local Bus, or Commuter Bus 0%

How did you find this survey?
Facebook 51%
Community Newsletter or Email 16%
Nextdoor 6%
Instagram 6%
TV / Radio 6%
Friend / Family / Colleague 4%
Other 3%
VDOT Project Website 3%
Other Social Media 3%
Newspaper 1%