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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Media Availability For Opening of Greensboro's First Diverging Diamond Interchange Located at I-73 and Gate City Boulevard

what:

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Media Availability For Opening of Greensboro's First Diverging Diamond Interchange Located at I-73 and Gate City Boulevard

when:

Thursday, May 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

where:

4700 block of Gate City Boulevard in Greensboro (on-ramp to interchange) Click Here for meeting location media will be escorted over to opening.

comments:

Weather permitting; the N.C. Department of Transportation will host media availability on Thursday, May 12, as crews prepare to open Greensboro's first Diverging Diamond Interchange throughout the weekend on May 13 and 14.

Comments will be made from 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. B-roll/photo availability will be from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Media outlets should arrive at the project site no later than 9:45 a.m. Safety vests will be required.

NCDOT Division Engineer Mike Mills, Resident Engineer J. Paul Ingram, and City of Greensboro Planning Department Director Sue Schwartz, FAICP will be available for comments/questions.

This DDI is the very 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. The project involves widening a four-mile section of High Point Road from two lanes to four lanes with a median and constructing a new interchange with I-73.

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.

For real-time travel information, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

For media outlets wishing to attend the event please RSVP via email Division 7 & 9 Communications Officer Miracle King at miracleking@ncdot.gov.

***NCDOT***

2/19/2018 7:48 AM

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