311 bypass projected to be complete by April 2013

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RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. -- Drivers who commute from High Point to Asheboro on the 311 by-pass will have to wait another six months before contractors complete the eight mile project connecting Highway 220 to I-74.

According to John Partin with the NC Department of Transportation, the interstate will cut nearly 15 minutes off of a 45 to 50 commute. However, the project won’t be complete until the road is reinforced which will take time and an additional $5 million.

"It's coming. The contractors wanting to finish it by the end of the year, but now, with the way the seasons are changing, it's looking less and less likely,” said Partin.

Construction could be delayed because of cooler temperatures. If temperature aren’t at least 50 degrees or more the asphalt becomes hard to work with lowering the quality of the finished product.

Partin said about 75 percent of the job is complete. Once the remaining four miles are reinforced, line drawing and street signs will be added.

The project which was initially to be completed by October 26 has been pushed back to April 12, 2013.

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