Bigtime progress in road construction around Greensboro

Deer make their way across a section of the Greensboro Urban Loop under construction near McLeansville. The idea for a superhighway to improve the city’s thoroughfare system dates back to 1948.

GREENSBORO — The Urban Loop's Eastern section opened to traffic tonight, DOT officials said.

Originally slated to open next December, the Eastern section of the Greensboro Urban Loop opened at 8 p.m. Wednesday, the N.C. Department of Transportation said in a news release.

The contractor hired extra crews, brought in subcontractors and worked overtime to finish that leg of the loop, said Mike Mills, engineer for Division 7, which includes Guilford County.

Contractors built the four-lane freeway between the U.S. 70 relocation and U.S. 29, completed the U.S. 70 interchange and built two new interchanges connecting the Greensboro Urban Loop to Huffine Mill Road and U.S. 29, DOT said.

By 2040, this section of the road is expected to serve about 58,000 vehicles per day, DOT said.

The next section, the Western Loop, is scheduled to open Feb. 1, weather permitting.

The only sections of the Urban Loop remaining after that will be the segments between Battleground Avenue and Lawndale Drive, and Lawndale Avenue and U.S. 29. A contract for that work will be awarded in March.

DOT officials said the loop will allow traffic to bypass the city, improving congestion on Interstate 40.

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