Greensboro - Some significant steps forward are coming this summer for the Freeway Drive (U.S. 29 Business) project in Reidsville.
The nearly $51 million project expands a six-mile stretch of Freeway Drive from two lanes to four between South Scales Street and N.C. 14, rebuilding interchanges and installing new bridges for the widened road.
Motorists should be in the new widened traffic pattern over the 1.5-miles between Scales Street and the Front Street intersection by the end of June (green section on map).The only work remaining in this section will be final surfacing paving and markings, which will be accomplished with limited lane closures.
In July (orange section on map)drivers will be shifted to the newly constructed outside lanes in both directions over the rest of the project. This will allow the contractor to safely complete the median and inside lanes. Orange drums and some sections of concrete barrier will separate the traffic from the work area.
By the middle of August (yellow and white section on map), the final traffic pattern with all lanes open should be in place for the mile between Wentworth Street and N.C. 14, with full use of the North Scales Street interchange, and for the 0.5 miles between Front Street and north of Richardson Drive, with the interchange at Richardson Drive also open. Additional final surfacing and pavement marking work will still be needed.
The final three miles (blue section on map)of the project is scheduled to be open in the widened traffic pattern by late 2016.
The additional capacity of the roadway is need to contend with growing congestion. When the project was planned several years ago, an average of more than 21,000 vehicles a day was using the road. That number is expected to double over the next 20 years.
Road, bridge, and other transportation improvement projects like this one are currently underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Transportation Vision to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.
New transportation projects in the state's current 10-year plan are funded through the Strategic Mobility Formula, a new way of more efficiently investing transportation dollars by using a data-driven scoring process along with local input to fund more projects and create more jobs. The new mobility formula was passed into law in 2013 under Governor McCrory's leadership.
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