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U.S. 17 lane shift delayed

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The U.S. 17 traffic shift scheduled to start today has been pushed back to next week because of the snow.

The shift, part of the U.S. 17 widening project, will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday, beginning on Monday, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The northbound lanes between Sanford Drive and International Parkway will be shifted to temporary lanes in stages.

Click the image to see the VDOT presentation.

Click the image to see the VDOT project presentation.

The lane shifts, which will move traffic to the right of the existing lanes, will start Tuesday between Sanford Drive and McLane Drive.

Two northbound lanes will stay open while the work is being done.

Cones, barrels and signs will be set up to help drivers navigate the lane shifts.

The shift is being done so the median can be paved. Once that work is completed, northbound traffic will be shifted slightly left into the freshly paved lanes. Crews will then start working on the right side of the road.

The $48.9-million project will widen U.S. 17 from four to six lanes between McLane Drive and Stafford Lakes Parkway. The project is slated to be completed by December 2016.


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