Greensboro - 2016 saw a lot of ground breakings and ribbon-cuttings in the N.C. Department of Transportation's Division 7 region, which resulted in increased connectivity, economic growth and access for motorists around Caswell, Rockingham, Orange, Alamance and Guilford counties.
"We've completed some very important projects to a tune of nearly $1 billion this year that help fulfill Governor Pat McCrory's 25-Year Vision for transportation by improving the safety, mobility and quality of our state's transportation system," said Division Seven Engineer Mike Mills.
One of the significant projects completed this year is the I-73/Gate City Boulevard interchange in Guilford County, which is the Division's first Diverging Diamond Interchange. The new intersection connects traffic around High Point, Jamestown, Greensboro and all points south.
"This Diverging Diamond Interchange was first in the City of Greensboro and is a part of NCDOT's $40.1 million High Point Road widening project, which began in October of 2012," said Resident Engineer Paul Ingram. "This innovative design helps prevent congestion and crashes that occur when vehicles back up on interstate ramps," Ingram added.
Also in Greensboro, crews completed the widening of Gate City Boulevard last month, from two lanes to four. The additional capacity has decreased congestion and reduced conflict points, which also increases safety.
Under the Piedmont Improvement Program, several significant railroad and roadway projects came to completion including a new railroad bridge, which opened in August in McLeansville. The project eliminated an at-grade crossing, lowering the potential for train and vehicle contact.
Transportation crews completed work on the Neeley Road interchange and area roadway improvements near Pleasant Garden this past July, which improved safety by removing an at-grade crossing.
Looking ahead into 2017, construction will begin on the $101 million N.C. 119 Bypass project around Mebane in Alamance County.
"This project will provide an alternate regional north-south route between I-85/40 south of Mebane and U.S. 58 in southern Virginia," said Construction Engineer Patty Eason. "This new N.C. 119 bypass also provides a safer route over the railroad by virtue of a bridge, instead of the existing at-grade crossing downtown," Eason added.
The Division also expects to complete work on the future I-73 project from Bryan Boulevard to U.S. 220 in Guilford County. Once complete, it will provide new interstate connectivity from the area north to Rockingham County and boost economic development.
“In 2017, we will finish work on the much anticipated taxiway bridge at the Piedmont Triad International Airport,” said Division Seven Engineer Mike Mills. “The new taxiway bridge will open up future business development opportunities at the airport and allow for its continued growth,” Mills added.
Finally, continued construction of the Greensboro Urban Loops will take us through the new year. When this project is finished, it will reduce travel times around Greensboro and reduce congestion on secondary streets within the city.
“While this work is taking place, we want to remind drivers that the safe completion of construction takes their support,” said Division Seven Engineer Mike Mills. “To help keep construction crews and motorists safe, the Move Over Law requires motorists to move over one lane, if possible, or reduce speed when traveling by construction, emergency and utility vehicles with flashing lights on the shoulder of a highway.”
Transportation officials encourage the public to follow the department us on Twitter for real-time project updates and provide feedback on this year’s work through our 2016 online survey at: go.ncsu.edu/customerservice2016.