Final Section of U.S. 311 Bypass Opens in Randolph County Friday, June 07, 2013

RALEIGH - Traveling between Winston-Salem, High Point and Asheboro got easier with today’s opening of the final eight-mile section of the U.S. 311 Bypass in Randolph County, providing a four-lane divided-highway link between I-40, I-85 and I-73/U.S. 220. It is estimated that the completed bypass will save about 20 minutes of travel time between Winston-Salem and Asheboro.

This final section connects Cedar Square Road, southeast of Archdale, and I-73/U.S. 220 in Randleman. The $99.7-million dollar design-build project, which included the construction of six bridges plus fly-over ramps at I-73/U.S. 220, had been under way since Sept. 2008. The design-build method allowed the design, permitting, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation and construction to take place at the same time under one contract.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held this morning to celebrate the highway opening, and to dedicate the I-73/I-74 corridors in Randolph County as Blue Star Memorial Highways. Among the guests at the event were N.C. State Senator Rick Gunn, N.C. State Representative Pat Hurley, Randolph County Commissioner Darrell Frye, mayors David Smith of Asheboro, Bert Lance-Stone of Archdale, Perry Conner of Franklinville, Terry Caviness of Liberty, Tony Lowe of Randleman, and Carlton Boyles of Trinity, as well as N.C. Board of Transportation member David Burns and former Board member G.R. Kindley.

The bypass is part of the I-74 corridor, intended to provide a north-south link in the center of the state, decreasing travel time and increasing opportunities for economic growth. Local communities along the completed bypass route are expected to take advantage of the easier access for commuters and businesses, promoting increased development along the corridor.

The opening of the highway will greatly improve the mobility and connectivity of the Triad region and marks a significant milestone in the completion of the future I-74 linking Michigan and South Carolina. Local roads will also benefit with lower traffic volume and improved safety as motorists instead use the interstate-style bypass.

With the opening of the U.S. 311 segment, U.S. 220 will be designated I-73/74 between the U.S. 311 exit and the Montgomery County line.

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