NCDOT to Complete Installation of Bridge Girders for New Interchange at I-73 and High Point Road in Greensboro Wednesday, October 23, 2013

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation will finish setting the bridge girders this weekend for  the new diverging diamond interchange that will link High Point Road to I-73.  The innovative interchange is part of a $40.1 million project to widen a four-mile section of High Point Road from two lanes to four lanes with a median, and will be the first of its kind in Greensboro.

Crews will set the eight remaining bridge girders over I-73 South this weekend, weather permitting. The work will require crews to close I-73 South between I-40 and I-85, as well as the on-ramps from Wendover Avenue. The work will begin at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 and is expected to be complete by 6 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 28.

During the closure, motorists on I-73 South will be directed to take I-40 East to U.S. 220 South and follow the detour signs to their desired destination. Motorists on Wendover Avenue will be allowed access to I-73 North only.   A map of the work area and various detour routes can be seen here.

The diverging diamond interchange is unique because it allows traffic moving in two directions to temporarily cross to the left side of the road, moving a high volume of traffic through the intersection without increasing the number of lanes and traffic signals. This innovative design will allow motorists to easily access I-73 from High Point Road and will prevent the congestion and crashes that can occur when vehicles back up on interstate ramps.

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