Bypass south end expected to open by end of week

Dec. 16, 2012 @ 05:00 AM

The south end of the U.S. 421 Highway Bypass is expected to be completed and open to motorists by the end of the week, according to authorities.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation still has to pass a final inspection, but the department is expecting minor “punch-hole” items, said Lee County Assistant Resident Engineer Sarah Lentine.

If there any minor additional changes or adjustments, this is when they would be made, she said.

The DOT is waiting to put final pavement markings on the bypass until the weather is warmer, but some of the traffic currently on Horner Boulevard should begin to be lifted, she said.

The $26.7 million project, located at the intersection of U.S. 421 and N.C. Highway 87, began in 2011.

The north end of the U.S. 421 bypass is still expected to be completed by October 2013, but has fallen behind schedule, Lentine said.

Drivers can expect a traffic pattern change on Cumnock Road sometime in the beginning of 2013.

Near the end of January, motorists traveling on Cumnock will be forced to turn right and make a U-turn as construction begins on the overpass, she said.

The paving season is over for the DOT, but the main focus will be on replacing bridges throughout Lee and Moore counties, Lentine said.

According to the DOT’s website, bridges will be replaced over Pocket Creek, Womble Creek, Mare Branch and Deep River while painting and performing maintenance on several others.