Rt. 17 speed limit increases in northern Gloucester

- Posted on Apr 10, 2019 - 02:05 PM

The Virginia Department of Transportation will install new speed limit signs Monday on a portion of Route 17 in Gloucester County raising the speed limit to 60 miles per hour.

The speed limit will be increased from 55 to 60 on a 4.6-mile section of highway from the Middlesex/Gloucester County line to 0.78 of a mile north of Route 616 (Belroi Road) in Gloucester.

According to a VDOT release, drivers should be aware of crews installing the new signs along the shoulder of the road between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. All travel lanes will remain open in the work zone. In the event of inclement weather, the sign installation will take place on Tuesday.

VDOT conducted a study on this segment of Route 17 following legislation passed by the Virginia General Assembly in 2018. After VDOT’s review, this section of Route 17 was recommended to have its speed limit increased to 60 miles per hour. The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors recently passed a resolution endorsing the increased speed limit at this location.