U.S. 311 section opens Friday

Jun. 05, 2013 @ 02:25 PM

UPDATED 2:30 P.M.

 

The last segment of U.S. 311 in northern Randolph County is scheduled to open Friday morning, completing a road construction odyssey that covers 50 years.
The final section of the expressway will open to traffic following a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony, said DOT spokesman Steve Abbott. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. along a portion of the new expressway.
The final 8-mile segment of U.S. 311, which will become part of the Interstate 74 system, is from Cedar Square Road in Glenola to U.S. 220 north of Asheboro. The expressway between Interstate 40 in Winston-Salem and U.S. 220 in northern Randolph County has been built in segments since the 1970s.
The section of expressway from High Point through northern Randolph County parallels a busy commuter segment of U.S. 311 that is choked with traffic signals and becomes congested at rush hours. When the new U.S. 311 opens, the current road will be renamed U.S. 311 Business.
Eventually, Interstate 74 will link the Midwest with the South Carolina coast in and around Myrtle Beach, S.C. Plans for the U.S. 311 expressway date from planning documents back to the early 1960s.
Economic developers have lobbied for the roadway for decades, seeing the expressway as another key transportation artery in and out of the Piedmont.

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The last segment of U.S. 311 in northern Randolph County is scheduled to open Friday morning, a spokesman for the N.C. Department of Transportation tells The High Point Enterprise.
The final section of the expressway will open to traffic following a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony, said DOT spokesman Steve Abbott. The ceremony will take place around 10 a.m.
The final segment of U.S. 311, which will become part of the Interstate 74 system, is from Cedar Square Road in Glenola to U.S. 220 north of Asheboro. The expressway between Interstate 40 in Winston-Salem and U.S. 220 in northern Randolph County has been built in segments since the 1970s.

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