Randolph County road changes

Dec. 26, 2012 @ 01:13 PM

Two projects in Randolph County will lead to the construction of a new bridge on one road and the closing a railroad crossing on another thoroughfare.
The N.C. Department of Transportation will close permanently a railroad crossing on Old Way Road near U.S. 311 in northern Randolph County on Jan. 2. The closing is part of the last stages of work on the new segment of U.S. 311 from Cedar Square Road in Sophia to U.S. 220 north of Asheboro. The $99.7 million section of new highway should open early next year.
The DOT said that the crossing, which is over railroad tracks that run parallel to U.S. 311 southeast of Sophia, is considered unsafe.
Motorists who were using Old Way Road to access U.S. 311 can use Plainfield Road as an alternate route. Plainfield Road intersects U.S. 311 about a half-mile south of the Old Way Road intersection.
Meanwhile, construction is scheduled to start as early as Jan. 2 on a project to replace a bridge on Bethel Friends Road over Squirrel Creek in Randolph County. The $447,547 contract was awarded by the DOT to APAC–Thompson Arthur Division of Greensboro to replace the 52-year-old bridge southeast of Asheboro.
“The bridge is in deteriorating condition and was originally built to standards no longer used,” according to the DOT.
The new bridge is scheduled to open by May 2. Drivers will be directed to detour onto Grantville Lane and N.C. 42 to bypass the construction site.