Bridford Parkway bridge 6 Months ahead of schedule

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A new road will mean some traffic relief on Guilford College Road and Wendover Avenue just in time for the holidays.

The $9.2 million Bridford Parkway extension will open just before Thanksgiving, a full six months ahead of schedule.

The extension stretches from Swing Road, next to the Greensboro Police Department District 3 office, to Hornaday Road, near all the stores on Wendover Avenue.

Chris Kirkman with NCDOT said 15,000 drivers will use the new road as soon as it opens. Drivers said the current traffic patterns can cause headaches.

“It can get hairy sometimes with traffic. You just have to give yourself extra time when you come out here in this area, especially during the holiday season,” said one driver.

Managers at some stores like Intrex Computers are looking forward to the road’s opening.

“We’re really excited about it. We think it’s going to increase the traffic flow and ultimately increase business,” said Curtis Mitchell, district manager at Intrex.

Crews are in the process of turning on flashing yellow traffic lights to caution drivers to the new traffic pattern. That includes the first traffic light at the intersection with Hornaday Road.

Kirkman said an efficient contractor led to the project’s completion well ahead of schedule.