I went down to Chesapeake in early January 2016 and took a few photos of the ongoing conversion of US-17 / Dominion Blvd from a 2-lane route to a 4-lane expressway. The area photographed stretches from the intersection with US-17-BUS south of the construction area, to the intersection with VA-168 and I-64 at the end of the construction area.
The construction begins as US-17 narrows to two lanes just past the junction with US-17-BUS.
Other thans some minor grading, not much has been done on the southern section of the route.
New pavement begins to appear near the Grassfield Pkwy intersection.
The intersection between US-17 and VA-165 is currently being upgraded into a SPUI. Traffic has been shifted to follow what will eventually become its exit ramps.
A major part of this project was replacing the Steel Bridge, an old drawbridge that was the site of frequent backups. Its replacement is a high-elevation span known as the Veterans Bridge. The northbound side has been completed, but the southbound side is still under heavy construction.
A look at the express toll gantries that will be used once the other side of this bridge opens.
Approaching the intersection with VA-166. The intersection is also half finished, with the northbound side using the future exit lanes, and the southbound side using the bridge.
VA-166 used to intersect with US-17 just shy of the old Steel Bridge. It was rerouted onto this new stretch of road to the intersection, with the old route becoming a dead-ending stub.
Sound walls are up as we continue northbound to the VA-190 intersection.
US-17 again uses the exit ramps for the future interchange with VA-190.
The planned freeway ends at the massive interchange between I-64, I-464, US-17, and VA-168.
US-17 merges onto VA-168 NB and then I-64 towards Suffolk.