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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #25 on: January 24, 2018, 03:29:50 PM »

NCDOT posted as of yesterday plans for the final segment of the Greensboro Loop to be constructed, from Lawndale Ave. to US 29 (Future I-785) which will be let in February. The 2-part sign plan documents not only include those for the new signs along the last section, such as this showing exit numbers for the final 2 exits:


but also new signage needed when I-840 gets extended along I-785 to I-40/I-85, and on those interstates as well, such as this new travel time sign which will let drivers know the fastest way to get around Greensboro:


There are also sign plans in the Part 2 document for I-40 since it appears NCDOT has decided to remove the Business 85 designation from that route and US 29-70 heading south back to I-85. Here's the future End I-785/I-840 sign which will replace the recently installed Business 85 auxiliary sign:


Here are plans for the I-40 signage where the Business 85 shields will be removed from the overhead signs:


The documents can be accessed at:
https://xfer.services.ncdot.gov/dsplan/2018%20Highway%20Letting/03-20-18/Plans%20and%20Proposals/Guildford,%20U-2525C,%20C204096/  (yes the URL does say 'Guildford').
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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #26 on: January 24, 2018, 10:47:35 PM »

Good to know about 85 Business signage removal. I’m headed that way next week and will clinch the route while it’s still there.
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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2018, 02:27:08 PM »

Is the route on the west side open to US 220 yet?
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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #28 on: April 02, 2018, 03:17:24 PM »

Is the route on the west side open to US 220 yet?

Nope. It will be open on April 14th, weather permitting.
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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #29 on: April 03, 2018, 09:51:59 AM »

It also looks like the last section (from US29 to Lawndale Drive) was part of the March 20 letting (contract U-2525C): https://connect.ncdot.gov/letting/Pages/Central-Letting-Details.aspx?let_type=Central&let_date=2018-03-20%2000:00:00.
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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #30 on: April 03, 2018, 10:40:08 AM »

It also looks like the last section (from US29 to Lawndale Drive) was part of the March 20 letting (contract U-2525C): https://connect.ncdot.gov/letting/Pages/Central-Letting-Details.aspx?let_type=Central&let_date=2018-03-20%2000:00:00.

Great news! I know they said that section will start construction sometime in 2018, but glad to hear it is starting early in the year.
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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #31 on: April 03, 2018, 11:02:59 AM »

It also looks like the last section (from US29 to Lawndale Drive) was part of the March 20 letting (contract U-2525C): https://connect.ncdot.gov/letting/Pages/Central-Letting-Details.aspx?let_type=Central&let_date=2018-03-20%2000:00:00.

Great news! I know they said that section will start construction sometime in 2018, but glad to hear it is starting early in the year.

I'm not sure when they would start. Hopefully it will start by the summer.
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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #32 on: April 04, 2018, 03:19:31 PM »

It also looks like the last section (from US29 to Lawndale Drive) was part of the March 20 letting (contract U-2525C): https://connect.ncdot.gov/letting/Pages/Central-Letting-Details.aspx?let_type=Central&let_date=2018-03-20%2000:00:00.

Great news! I know they said that section will start construction sometime in 2018, but glad to hear it is starting early in the year.

I'm not sure when they would start. Hopefully it will start by the summer.


According to NCDOT, the final section of the Urban Loop is being awarded, and the work could start as early as April 30th. I cannot wait for I-840 to be completed.

https://apps.ncdot.gov/newsreleases/details.aspx?r=15032

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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #33 on: April 04, 2018, 04:42:02 PM »

When the Greensboro Urban Loop is completed, will the segment that is co-designated Interstate 785/840 have both designations signposted between Interstate 40/85 and US 29?
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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #34 on: April 04, 2018, 05:22:15 PM »

When the Greensboro Urban Loop is completed, will the segment that is co-designated Interstate 785/840 have both designations signposted between Interstate 40/85 and US 29?

Yeah :) the I-785 portion of the Loop from I-40/85 to US 29 (future I-785) is complete, but it is only signed as I-785 at least until the whole loop (I-840) is finished.
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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #35 on: April 04, 2018, 09:24:40 PM »

When the Greensboro Urban Loop is completed, will the segment that is co-designated Interstate 785/840 have both designations signposted between Interstate 40/85 and US 29?
Yeah :) the I-785 portion of the Loop from I-40/85 to US 29 (future I-785) is complete, but it is only signed as I-785 at least until the whole loop (I-840) is finished.
Here's the current signage on US 29 South with a space left for a future I-840 shield, photo courtesy of Strider:

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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #36 on: April 09, 2018, 08:40:36 PM »

Is the route on the west side open to US 220 yet?


Are we on schedule for April 14??

Nope. It will be open on April 14th, weather permitting.
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Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #37 on: April 12, 2018, 10:37:40 PM »

I am very excited for the Greensboro Urban Loop!!  :nod:  :hyper:  :thumbsup:

I think Greensboro could definitely use this beltway (I-840), as it, like almost the entirety of the state of North Carolina, is growing rapidly. The interstate system will need to expand along with it, so it is very good that this is happening. I cannot wait to see the results of this construction.  :nod:


Also, courtesy of this page from NCDOT, here is a picture of the planned Greensboro Urban Loop (I-840):




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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #38 on: April 13, 2018, 06:27:24 PM »

Due to possible rain weekend and there are still a few work to be done, the part from I-73/Bryan to US 220 is now scheduled to open on April 23, but please click on the link for a sneak peek on the first ever I-840 shield signed on the Loop!

http://www.greensboro.com/news/government/opening-imminent-for-major-section-of-the-urban-loop/article_258bb888-baf9-5ca9-b6c8-6efb9e1eb9ea.html


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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #39 on: April 13, 2018, 07:06:31 PM »

Due to possible rain weekend and there are still a few work to be done, the part from I-73/Bryan to US 220 is now scheduled to open on April 23, but please click on the link for a sneak peek on the first ever I-840 shield signed on the Loop!

http://www.greensboro.com/news/government/opening-imminent-for-major-section-of-the-urban-loop/article_258bb888-baf9-5ca9-b6c8-6efb9e1eb9ea.html



It's hidden behind a paywall for me.

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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #40 on: April 13, 2018, 07:13:15 PM »

Due to possible rain weekend and there are still a few work to be done, the part from I-73/Bryan to US 220 is now scheduled to open on April 23, but please click on the link for a sneak peek on the first ever I-840 shield signed on the Loop!

http://www.greensboro.com/news/government/opening-imminent-for-major-section-of-the-urban-loop/article_258bb888-baf9-5ca9-b6c8-6efb9e1eb9ea.html
It's hidden behind a paywall for me.

The first time I looked at the article, no problem at all. The second time, the text was covered up until I answered a non-intrusive one-question survey. Not much of a "paywall", IMO.

I was hoping to work the new segment into my return trip from Florida next week, but I guess I'll have to do it some other trip.
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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #41 on: April 13, 2018, 07:17:22 PM »

Hmm, weird. The first time I tried to access it all the text was blanked out.  I was never asked any nonintrusive questions.  I just tried it again, this time it asked me questions in regards to home cooking.  That was....different.

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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #42 on: April 13, 2018, 08:20:48 PM »

Here’s the article for those that couldn’t see it:

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Motorists driving through the construction area on Battleground Avenue have had plenty of clues recently that the new section of the Greensboro Urban Loop would open soon.

For a week or more, traffic lights needed to regulate traffic on the Urban Loop’s on- and offramps have been in place. The lights were in flashing mode.

In addition, the entrance and exit ramps at Battleground appeared to have been recently paved, and large, overhead directional signs had been hoisted into position.

The new 3.8-mile section is expected to speed travel for residents in that part of northern Greensboro headed to the airport, parts of western Greensboro and the rest of the interstate system.

The new part is expected to be open by April 23, weather permitting, transportation officials said Friday during a media tour of the expressway.

“This is one part of the Greensboro Urban Loop that we have been planning for the past 50 years,” said Mike Fox, the chairman of the N.C. Board of Transportation.

The new stretch of six-lane expressway will be designated Interstate 840, one of several interstate designations that the Urban Loop includes on what eventually will be a 44-mile circuit around the city.

“This will make it tremendously easier for folks to travel from the east and middle of Greensboro to the west,” Fox said.

State Rep. John Faircloth (R-Guilford) agreed.

“People don’t realize what opening this road will mean,” Faircloth said. “It will affect thousands of people because it will take traffic away from other major roads in the area.”

Completion of the Bryan-to-Battleground section will leave only two more sections of the Urban Loop yet to be built, and one of them is already under construction.

Construction on the Bryan-to-Battleground section began in October 2013, and although it will soon be opened to traffic, about 15 percent of the project remains to be finished.

That’s because the project includes completion of the massive bridge that will carry the new interstate highway across busy Battleground Avenue and an extended, fragile wetland area on the other side.

But the interstate can be opened to traffic west of Battleground without affecting the work that remains on the rest of that bridge.

Officials with the N.C. Department of Transportation estimate that so far the project has cost about $123 million.

The next-to-last section of the Urban Loop, already under construction, is scheduled for completion in December 2020 at a cost of about $58 million.

That leg extends about 1.9 miles from the new, Battleground bridge to just past Lawndale Drive.

Construction work on the last section of the Urban Loop — from Lawndale Drive to U.S. 29 — should begin this year, with completion expected in 2022. Groundbreaking is scheduled for May.
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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #43 on: April 15, 2018, 08:11:33 PM »

Due to possible rain weekend and there are still a few work to be done, the part from I-73/Bryan to US 220 is now scheduled to open on April 23, but please click on the link for a sneak peek on the first ever I-840 shield signed on the Loop!

http://www.greensboro.com/news/government/opening-imminent-for-major-section-of-the-urban-loop/article_258bb888-baf9-5ca9-b6c8-6efb9e1eb9ea.html



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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #44 on: April 19, 2018, 10:43:17 AM »

Due to possible rain weekend and there are still a few work to be done, the part from I-73/Bryan to US 220 is now scheduled to open on April 23, but please click on the link for a sneak peek on the first ever I-840 shield signed on the Loop!

http://www.greensboro.com/news/government/opening-imminent-for-major-section-of-the-urban-loop/article_258bb888-baf9-5ca9-b6c8-6efb9e1eb9ea.html

It opened this morning.

http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/new-section-of-urban-loop-in-greensboro-open-for-traffic/article_476f3bd1-4abd-52d0-906d-a2233c754a3a.html
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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #45 on: April 19, 2018, 12:37:39 PM »

Due to possible rain weekend and there are still a few work to be done, the part from I-73/Bryan to US 220 is now scheduled to open on April 23, but please click on the link for a sneak peek on the first ever I-840 shield signed on the Loop!

http://www.greensboro.com/news/government/opening-imminent-for-major-section-of-the-urban-loop/article_258bb888-baf9-5ca9-b6c8-6efb9e1eb9ea.html

It opened this morning.

http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/new-section-of-urban-loop-in-greensboro-open-for-traffic/article_476f3bd1-4abd-52d0-906d-a2233c754a3a.html

I plan on driving the section and take some photos later today.
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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #46 on: April 19, 2018, 12:47:52 PM »

Now that the Western, Eastern and Southern parts of the Loop is complete, the only one remaining is the Northern part (one is still under construction from US 220 to Lawndale). It is now 3/4 complete.
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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #47 on: April 20, 2018, 09:35:49 AM »

Due to possible rain weekend and there are still a few work to be done, the part from I-73/Bryan to US 220 is now scheduled to open on April 23, but please click on the link for a sneak peek on the first ever I-840 shield signed on the Loop!

http://www.greensboro.com/news/government/opening-imminent-for-major-section-of-the-urban-loop/article_258bb888-baf9-5ca9-b6c8-6efb9e1eb9ea.html

It opened this morning.

http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/new-section-of-urban-loop-in-greensboro-open-for-traffic/article_476f3bd1-4abd-52d0-906d-a2233c754a3a.html

I plan on driving the section and take some photos later today.
Here's one of the photos taken by Strider at the start I-840 East at Bryan Blvd:


I will eventually be posting all his photos to my Greensboro Urban Loop site:
http://www.malmeroads.net/ncfutints/futloop.html#i840photos

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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #48 on: April 20, 2018, 10:45:25 AM »

Love the pavement markings.  DIY lanes.
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Re: Greensboro Urban Loop
« Reply #49 on: April 21, 2018, 02:29:45 PM »

Love the pavement markings.  DIY lanes.

With all the state's various Interstate (and otherwise) projects, maybe they didn't have enough $$ left to sand down the old lane markings!  Looks a bit like a railroad diverging point!
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