Work on the Signing of I-73 between Greensboro and Ellerbe starts Monday Wednesday, February 20, 2013

RALEIGH — Work is scheduled to begin Monday, weather permitting, as the N.C. Department of Transportation gets ready to install signs for the conversion of a 70-mile stretch of U.S. 220 between Greensboro and Ellerbe into I-73.

Traffic Control Safety Services of Winston-Salem was awarded an $823,097 contract to install more than 1,350 signs. That includes 900 smaller roadway signs such as interstate shields, speed limit, merge symbols, etc., with 126 mile-marker signs, 70 large overhead signs, and 273 large ground-mounted signs.

Crews will start the project by putting up guardrails in a few locations, digging the footings for the large signs, and putting steel and concrete in place for the supports for the signs going in the ground. The signs themselves should start going up in mid-March. The project is scheduled to wrap up by Oct. 11.

The project will require some weekday lane closures for safety reasons, so motorists are asked to stay alert for construction signs. Work in the Greensboro area will be overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The section of highway between Level Cross in Randolph County and Ellerbe in Richmond County may have lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.

In addition to the interstate designation, new exit numbers will be posted, including new numbers for already existing exits (list is below).

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch for lane closure signs, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. Updated travel information is also available by calling 511 or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel. In addition, NCDOT now offers travel information on Twitter.

Current              New

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US 220 Business                        8                     25

Millstone Rd                               11                     28

Haywood Parker Rd                 13                     30

NC 73                                         16                     33

Norman                                      18                      35

Tabernacle Church Rd              22                      39

US 220 Alternate                      24                       41

NC 211                                        -                         44

NC 24/NC 27                              -                         49

Starr Robbins/Spies  Rd             -                       52

Ether Steeds                             39                        55

Black Ankle Rd                         41                        58

NC 705                                      45                         61

New Hope Church Rd              49                         65

US 220 Business/NC 134       51                         68

McDowell Rd                               -                          71

US 64/NC 29                               -                          72

NC 42                                           -                          74

Presnell St                                   -                           75

Vision Dr                                      -                           76

Spero Rd                                     -                            77

Pineview St                                  -                           78

US 311                                          -                           80

Randleman                                    -                          82

Level Cross/US 220                     -                          86

NC 62                                             -                          89

Old Randleman Rd                     77                         94

I-85 North                                   78A                        95A

US 220 North (Straight Exit)       -                           95B

To Groometown  Rd                122A                        96

Wendover Ave                          214                       102

1 40/US 421                                1                         103

West Friendly Ave                       2                         104

Bryan Blvd East                           -                          107A

Bryan Blv'd West/PTI Airport      -                          107B


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