Almost ready to ride
Motorists who have anticipated for years an uninterrupted ride on an expressway along U.S. 311 will get their wish later this spring.
Crews for the N.C. Department of Transportation should complete work in May on the final 8-mile segment of what’s commonly referred to as the U.S. 311 bypass. The section in northern Randolph County will link the expressway from the Cedar Square Road interchange in Glenola to U.S. 220 north of Asheboro. The new segment of U.S. 311 will complete a four-lane roadway — without the interruption of traffic signals — from Interstate 40 in Winston-Salem to U.S. 220 in Randolph County.
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.
No specific opening date has been set for the final section of U.S. 311, said John Partin, DOT senior assistant resident engineer. The completion of the last segment has been delayed by weather and issues with bedrock for the roadway.
The last section should open by middle to late May, Partin told The High Point Enterprise.
“We’re hoping it will be open for Memorial Day weekend,” he said.
Work that still needs to be completed includes laying the final coat of asphalt, painting stripes on the roadway and finishing the shoulders, Partin said.
“We know everybody is anxious for this road to open up,” he said.
The section of U.S. 311 through the Piedmont will become part of Interstate 74, which 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.
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