The N.C. Department of Transportation has added to the scope of work on the Jamestown Bypass, pushing the completion date from next year into 2023.
The added work includes construction of a noise barrier wall, relocation of utilities and installation of a detour for Oakdale Road traffic.
“The anticipated completion is now spring to summer of 2023,” said Aaron Moody, public relations officer for the DOT out of Raleigh.
The four-lane bypass will reach from Greensboro Road near the interchange with Interstate 74, circle south of the heart of Jamestown and tie back into the existing road at Jamestown Parkway near the Sedgefield community and Greensboro. Work began in September 2018.
Remaining work includes completing tie-ins and new alignments at Greensboro Road, intersections at Ring Street, Manor Street, Scientific Street, Dillon Road, Oakdale Road and Harvey Road, bridges over Norfolk Southern railroad tracks, Deep River and Bull Run Creek, installation of traffic signals and final paving work.
“Drivers likely have noticed traffic signals being installed recently along roads connecting to the bypass,” Moody said.
The bypass will relieve congestion on what’s now a two-lane road. The bypass will parallel Greensboro Road in High Point and Main Street in Jamestown.
The most recent traffic counts for Greensboro Road range from more than 14,500 vehicles at the I-74 interchange to more than 13,500 cars at the intersection with Penny Road, according to city of High Point Transportation Department figures.
Once fully completed, the nearly 4-mile bypass would stretch from the intersection of Greensboro Road and Enterprise Drive in east High Point to Vickrey Chapel Road in western Greensboro. The existing two-lane Greensboro Road and Main Street through Jamestown will be left intact.
Feasibility studies for the bypass project date from the late 1980s.