Bids have been
opened for the new four-lane U.S. 17 from the Virginia-North Carolina
state line to Hampton Roads, The Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot reported recently.
Swamp Canal Road, a stretch of U.S. 17 that enters Chesapeake, VA,
from the south, is four lanes wide in North Carolina and reduces
to two lanes upon entering Virginia. Officials have worked for two
decades to widen the highway, an accident-prone road that has long
been a deterrent to truck-dependent industries that were considering
locating in the area.
The Virginian-Pilot reported in November that construction on the new four-lane highway,
which is scheduled for completion in 2005, would begin in March.
spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation, told
the newspaper that the new section of the road would run more than
11 miles from the North Carolina line to Dominion Boulevard.