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.
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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