New equipment to improve traffic flow Gloucester County

Relief is on the way for drivers in Gloucester County.

GLOUCESTER, Va. (WVEC) -- Relief is on the way for drivers in Gloucester County.

Right now, VDOT is working to improve the flow of traffic on Route 17. They're putting new equipment at several traffic lights in the county:

  • Route 636 Bray’s Point Road
  • Route 636 Providence Road
  • Route 615 Short Lane
  • Route 616 Burleigh Road
  • Route 17 at York River Plaza

The hope and goal behind this $3.1 million-dollar project is that travelers see fewer delays related to a signal malfunction.

VDOT technicians and engineers are going to be able to remotely adjust the signal's timing, meaning they'll be able to fix malfunctions faster, change the signal's pattern quickly in the event of an emergency or accident.

Jeff Mershon says driving in Gloucester County can be rough.

“It's kind of hectic,” Mershon says. “You come across the bridge and you hit so many traffic lights, that's what backs everything up.”

In 2016:

  • Route 17 traffic volumes at Coleman Bridge: 32,000 vehicles a day, on average
  • Route 17 between Guinea Road and Brays Point Road: 36,000 vehicles a day, on average
  • Route 17 at T.C. Walker Road: 30,000 vehicles a day, on average
  • Route 17 at Rt. 17 Business/Main Street, north of Gloucester Courthouse: 16,000 vehicles a day, on average

The entire project is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2019.

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