Bids opened for new Dismal Swamp Road

| 12/24/2002

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.

The Dismal 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.

Erin Gregg, 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.