NCDOT awards contract to construct final section of Greensboro Urban Loop

Work could begin April 30

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GREENSBORO — The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded a $135.3 million contract to construct and complete the final section of the Greensboro Urban Loop between U.S. 29 to Lawndale Drive in Guilford County.

This image - click on it for a larger version - shows the Greensboro Urban Loop's project segments, including the current phase, upon which work could begin as soon as April 30.

This image – click on it for a larger version – shows the Greensboro Urban Loop’s project segments, including the current phase, upon which work could begin as soon as April 30.

“We are thrilled that after 30 years in the making, construction of the last 5.3 section of the approximate 44 mile loop around Greensboro will start this year,” said Michael S. Fox, NCDOT Division 7 board member and chair. Fox represents Guilford, Alamance, Caswell, Orange and Rockingham counties.

The Greensboro Urban Loop is part of NCDOT’s plan to improve traffic flow within and around the city. Construction of the loop will allow traffic to bypass Greensboro and improve congestion on existing I-40, particularly in the loop that includes I-40, I-85 Business and U.S. Routes 29, 70, 220 and 421.

Contractors E.S. Wagner Company and Smith-Rowe, LLC Joint Venture of Charlotte/Mount Airy have teamed up on the project, which can begin as early as Monday, April 30.

“Once complete, the loop will provide easier access to Piedmont International Airport, Winston-Salem and destinations to the west of the Triad, as well as improve congestion on I-40, particularly in that section that includes I-40, I-85 Business and U.S. routes 29, 70, 220 and 421,” said Division Seven Engineer Mike Mills.

Project highlights include:

  • Build a six-lane freeway from U.S. 29 north of Greensboro to Lawndale Drive.
  • Complete the Greensboro Loop/U.S. 29 interchange.
  • Complete the Greensboro Loop/Lawndale Drive interchange.
  • Build bridges on the Greensboro Loop over Lees Chapel Road and Norfolk Southern Railroad.
  • Build bridges on Summit Avenue, North Church Street and Lake Jeanette Road over the Greensboro Loop.
  • Build an interchange at the intersection of the Greensboro Loop and Yanceyville Road.
  • Build an interchange at the intersection of the Greensboro Loop and North Elm Street.
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