NCDOT says portion of Interstate 73 will open by Memorial Day

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C.–If you are looking for a quick way to get between Randolph, Guilford, and Forsyth Counties or down to the beach this Easter Weekend, Interstate 73 will not be an option.

The $105 million dollar project and 8-mile stretch of highway is not ready yet.

John Partin, Senior Assistant Resident Engineer with NCDOT says blames the weather.

“It’s been a wet and cold March. Unfortunately, they have not been able to put down the asphalt as soon as they wanted too,” Partin said.

Interstate 73 will connect to Interstate 74 once it opens. DOT engineers estimate that travel time will be cut down by at least 20 minutes.

Vickie Trotter who owns a hair salon off of Interstate 73 can’t wait until it opens. She plans to head to Sunset Beach on Monday.

“When you are on your way to the beach you are in a hurry. So, 20 minutes is a God-send to us,” Trotter said.

AAA says in 2012 Easter fell on April 8, roughly one week later than this year. Although the Easter holiday isn’t traditionally a heavy travel weekend, many North Carolina schools are on Spring Break. The company expects an increase in traffic congestion and demand for gas.

Partin says crews will be putting asphalt down on Monday if the weather permits.

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