Work continues on future Sanford Bypass
Work remains under way on the final section of the future Sanford Bypass. The $30.2 million dollar project on the northern side of the city includes five bridges as part of a link between U.S. 1 and U.S. 421 that bypasses the downtown area.
Construction on the final section of the highway started in March 2011, and is expected to be ready for traffic by late this year or early 2014. It will complete a connector route between Fort Bragg and Greensboro, and ease congestion through Sanford, especially on Horner Boulevard. Once the last section is completed the highway will then be designated as the Sanford Bypass, and signs with that designation will be installed.
Earlier this year, a 2.3-mile section of the future Bypass opened to provide a link between east of N.C. 42 and N.C. 87 near Harvey Faulk Road. It is projected that 18,000 vehicles a day will be using the new section, which features a four-lane highway with a divided median, an interchange at U.S. 421 and a traffic signal at the Horner Boulevard/Wilson Road intersection. There is still some work to do on that section, as permanent pavement markings will be put on the highway in the spring.