Beginning Monday, motorists traveling on Route 617 (North River Road) in Mathews will be detoured around the Route 617 Drainage and Trench Widening Project. The detour is expected to remain in place until mid-May, weather permitting, said Tina Bundy, a spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Transportation.
During the scheduled three-week detour, the contractor will replace and upgrade multiple pipe crossings on Route 617. Also, the contractor will perform other work in connection with the project while traffic is being detoured around the work zone.
Through traffic on Route 617, from just north of Route 618 (Cardinal Road) to Route 654 (Gum Springs Road), will use the following 4.3-mile detour: From Route 14 take Route 660 (East River Road) to Route 618 back to Route 617.
Access to homes located in the work zone will be maintained during the detour period. Once the pipe work is completed, the detour will be lifted, Bundy said.
But motorists may still experience delays in the work zone Monday-Friday, daylight to dusk, with flaggers posted, Bundy said. The project is to be completed in mid-November.
Bundy said the contractor is George Nice and Sons, Inc. of Toano. Price tag for the work is $795,000.