Segment 3

Image of Map of area of I-73
		Segment 3

Where: NC 68-US 220 Connector from US 220 near Haw River in Summerfield, Southwest to NC 68 North of Greensboro then South to "I-73 Connector"

Length: 8.0 Miles

Needed: Construct New Freeway, Upgrade NC 68

Completion Date: April 2017

Segment Info

On April 8, 2014, NCDOT announced it had awarded the design-build contract to build I-73 from Bryan Blvd. at the PTI Airport northward to US 220 near Haw River (Segment 2, above) to the joint venture of Flatiron Constructors and Blythe Development Co.1 This contract (C203433) combines the original US 220-NC 68 Connector contract, TIP Project R-2413, Parts A and B, with the new I-73 Connector contract, TIP Project I-5110. The US 220-NC 68 Connector project will build a four-lane freeway with a 70 MPH design speed between US 220 from just south of its crossing of the Haw River in Summerfield to just north of where the current NC 68 freeway begins north of Greensboro. The I-73 Connector will take I-73 from NC 68 to the already upgrade Bryan Blvd. at the PTI Airport interchange (See I-73 Segment 4) (I-73 will be built on both sides of existing NC 68 between the two projects). Construction of the US 220-NC 68 Connector, originally set to start in 2002, had been delayed several times due to legal challenges from the city and residents of Summerfield that were first heard in 1999 and then by NCDOT's recent financial difficulties. The lawsuits aimed at getting NCDOT to perform more environmental studies and change some of the routing of the highway. The original construction plan required 75 residences and businesses to be relocated.2 By early 2002, the city had conceded that I-73 was going to be built and hired a consultant to draft a development plan for where the Interstate will have an interchange with NC 150.3

The I-73 Connector project was only initiated after the route for I-73 through the Greensboro area was settled. It was decided that I-73 between the PTI Airport interchange and NC 68 should be built on a new location north of the existing Bryan Blvd. The contract would include building a new taxiway bridge for the airport over the new freeway. The combined contract started in May 2014 with the winning bid indicated to be $176.6 million.4 Both connectors will be built to Interstate standards, with interchanges with NC 68 and for NC 150 in Summerfield. The eastern end at US 220 will feature a flyover ramp for I-73 North's connection with 220. I-73 South will also use a flyover ramp to go over and parallel NC 68 South for about 1/2 mile.5 After this 1/2 mile, I-73 will then be routed east to meet Bryan Blvd. on a new route currently called the 'I-73 Connector' (see Segment 4).6 The contractor started hauling construction materials to the project corridor in August 2014.7 As of February 7, 2017 the project was 94.2% complete.8 Being slightly ahead of the planned construction schedule, NCDOT announced in early 2016 that they planned to open the route, even if the landscaping around it is not entirely completed, by December 2016.9 However, in December 2016, a news report stated that NCDOT was not planning to open the entire segment from the PTI Airport to US 220 until the 'I-73 Connector' segment (see I-73 Segment 4) was completed, which they said would be in May 2017.

Here's a description of progress on the project at the end of November 2016 by Strider:

I-73 and Bunch Rd. Bridge: The bridge complete and open to traffic. 

Bookbank Rd and Reedy Creek Bridge: Work completed building the bridge and the future roadbed is ready for paving. Both the southbound and northbound bridges at Reedy Creek are complete.

Future Exit 116: I-73 and NC 150 interchange: The bridge and approaching roadways were completed in October. Working on paving the future I-73 lanes is continuing. Traffic signals along NC 150 at the on-ramps have been installed.

Deboe Rd. Overpass: The bridge is complete and open to traffic. Paving the I-73 lanes is almost complete.20

For a link to images of the plans for this segment go the Sure, Why Not Blog article on the NC 68-US 220 Connector

Segment 3 Sign Plans

Contractor plans for exit signage from site contributor, Strider, going north to south:

Plan for 2-Mile Advance sign for NC 150 exit on I-73 in Summerfield, from Strider2-Mile advance sign for NC 150 exit, the only exit along the 'NC 68-US 220 Connector" portion of I-73.


Plans of mile marker and destination sign along I-73 North near Summerfield, from StriderOther signs featured in this segment are destination mileage signs, and, of course, I-73 shield mile markers, these will be placed on I-73 South prior to the NC 150 exit.


Plan for NC 150 exit sign on I-73 'NC 68-US 220 Connector" in Summerfield, from StriderPlan for NC 150 exit sign in Summerfield, Exit 116.


Plan for destination mileage sign along I-73 South at MM 214, from StriderPlans for Destination Mileage sign to be placed on I-73 South at approximately Mile Post 215.


Plan for destination mileage sign at Milepost 112 on I-73 North near Oak Ridge, from StriderDestination mileage sign to be placed on I-73 North at Mile Post 112, 6 miles before NC 150 exit.


Plans for overhead signs for NC 68 exits on I-73 South near Oak Ridge, from StriderPlans for NC 68 exit signs to be placed on I-73 Southbound at end of NC 68-US 220 Connector part of project.


Segment 3 Construction Photos, Hover Over to get Larger Image

For official NCDOT construction photos, check out NCDOT's Future I-73 Flickr Page

Latest Photos taken by site contributor, Strider in March 2017:



Image of view north from Bunch Rd bridge showing installation of new South US 220 exit sign, photo by StriderView looking south from Bunch Road bridge showing progress in landscaping area and installation of sign for NC 68 North exit.


Image of zoomed view of new NC 150 exit sign north of Bunch Road Bridge, by StriderCloser look at new exit sign installed for NC 68 exit south of Bunch Road.


Image of view south from Bunch Rd showing installation of new sign for NC 150 exit, by StriderLooking north from Bunch Road Bridge showing final pavement in place and the addition of a NC 150 2 miles exit sign in addition to a VMS display.


Image of view looking south from Brookbank Rd along future I-73 highway, from StriderLooking south from Brookbank Road bridge showing progress in landscaping, guardrail installation and the back of a new NC 150 exit sign.


Image showing closeup view of I-73 construction south of Brookbank Rd bridge, from StriderCloser view from same spot by Brookbank Rd showing completed bridges in distance over Reedy Fork Creek.


Image of view looking north from Brookbank Rd bridge over future I-73 lanes nearing completion, by StriderLooking north from Brookbank Road showing progress in completing landscaping and installing signing and median guide rails.


Image of closer view of construction progress along future I-73 lanes north of Brookbank Rd, by StriderCloser view north of Brookbank Road showing work on installation of guardrails.


Image of view south at future NC 150 interchange with I-73 showing construction progress, by StriderLooking south on I-73 from future NC 150 interchange showing progress in installing signs and landscaping area.


Image of view looking south from Deboe Road showing progress completing I-73 lanes, from StriderLooking north from Deboe Road bridge showing work to complete I-73 freeway to US 220 continuing.


Image of closeup view of future US 220 South interchange with I-73, from StriderExtreme zoom shot from Deboe Road of future US 220 South interchange with I-73, including a placed exit sign.


Image of future I-73 lanes showing installed destination distance sign, from StriderView of newly installed destination distance sign along Future I-73 North lanes, included is mileage to Martinsville.


Previous Photos taken in February 2017:

Image of view looking north from Bunch Rd bridge showing progress paving future I-73 lanes, from StriderNewer photo taken on February 19, looking north from Bunch Road bridge showing final paving efforts now underway.


Image of view looking south from Bunch Rd bridge, showing progress in final paving of I-73 lanes, from StriderAnother new photo, looking south from Bunch Road showing paving work being completed, once work here is done the future I-73 lanes will be paved from NC 68 north to US 158.


Image of view looking south from US 220 South bridge overlooking northern segment of future I-73 roadway, by StriderTaken the first week of February, view looking south from US 220 South bridge at future I-73 interchange showing progress in completing work on this section of the roadway, sign supports can be seen if you look hard beyond the distant northbound roadway.


Image of view looking north from Deboe Rd showing progress paving future I-73 roadway, from StriderLooking back north toward US 220 from the Deboe Road bridge shows progress in final paving of the I-73 lanes and supports placed for future southbound signage.


Image of view looking south from Deboe Rd bridge showing progress completing future I-73 lanes, from StriderView looking south from Deboe Road bridge showing work being made on landscaping around future I-73 lanes.


Image of view looking north from future I-73 interchange with NC 150 showing progress paving area, from StriderNow looking north from the future NC 150 interchange back toward Deboe Road showing progress in paving the roadway and finishing needed landscaping.


Image of view looking south from NC 150 bridge showing progress paving future I-73 lanes, from StriderNow looking south from the new NC 150 bridge showing progress in paving and landscaping the roadway toward Brookbank Rd. Future exit ramps to and from NC 150  can be seen in distance.


Image of view looking from Brookbank Rd bridge showign progress in paving future I-73 lanes, from StriderLooking north from Brookbank Road bridge showing final paving having started and some landscaping work done.


Image of view looking south from Brookbank Rd bridge, showing progress in paving future I-73 lanes, from StriderLooking south now from the Brookbank Road bridge showing further progress in paving and the installation of sign supports for a NC 150 exit sign northbound.


Image looking north from Bunch Road bridge over future I-73 lanes showing progress in paving, from StriderNow looking now north from Bunch Road bridge showing progress in completing paving in this area as well as the beginning of work installing drainage culverts. The support structure for a future Variable Message Sign can be seen in the distance.


Image of view looking south from Bunch Rd showing long delayed progress in paving future I-73 lanes, from StriderView looking south from Bunch Road toward Alcorn Road finally showing work starting on paving this previously unpaved section of the I-73 roadway.


Previous Photos taken by site contributor, Strider in Mid to Late November 2016:

Image of view of I-73 roadway just south of US 220 bridge near north end of Connector near Haw River, from StriderView from US 220 South bridge of I-73 lanes receiving final paving just south of future interchange.


Image of view from Deboe Road bridge looking north toward US 220 showing progress in paving lanes, from StriderView from Deboe Road looking north back to US 220 showing the Future I-73 lanes being new paved.


Image of view from Deboe Road looking south on toward NC 150 showing progress paving future I-73 lanes, from StriderView looking south from Deboe Road toward NC 150 showing progress in installing drainage basins and painting the future I-73 lanes.


Image of view from Future I-73 South on-ramp from NC 150 showing progress in constructing future lanes of I-73, from StriderLooking south along the future ramp from NC 150 to I-73 South showing that the future I-73 roadway has been graded and is awaiting paving.


Image looking east at future ramp to I-73 South from NC 150 near Summerfield showing installation of traffic lights, from 
              StriderView looking east from the future I-73 South on-ramp from NC 150 showing the installation of traffic lights, covered, for the future interchange.


Image showing view looking north from Brookbank Road on progress building future lanes of I-73, from StriderLooking northward from the new Brookbank Rd. bridge back toward NC 150, showing progress in paving making its way south, while grading appears to be complete by the opened bridge.


Image of view looking south from Brookbank Road on progress building new I-73 lanes near Summerfield, by StriderLooking now south from Brookbank Road toward Reedy Fork Creek bridges showing that grading appears to be nearly completed.


Image of view from Bunch Road looking south toward Alcorn Road showing progress in constructing I-73 lanes, from StriderLooking south from Bunch Road toward Alcorn Road showing final stages of initial clearing of site completed in early November, grading work has since been completed.


Image looking north from Bunch Road bridge showing progress constructing future lanes for I-73 near Summerfield, from StriderNow looking northward from the Bunch Road bridge, work proceeding in grading the Future I-73 roadway in early November, grading work has since been completed here as well.


Image of view looking south from Alcorn Road showing paving progress on future I-73 lanes, from StriderLooking south at the Alcorn Road overpass showing completion of paving operations and the start of guardrail installation.


Image of view looking north from Alcorn Road overpass showing progress in installing guardrails and signs on Future I-73
            roadway, from StriderLooking northward from Alcorn Road back toward Bunch Road, it appears both guardrails and median guide rails have been installed and work to install southbound signage has begun.


Previous Photos taken by site contributor, Strider in Late October 2016:

Image of view on NC 150 west approaching the I-73 interchange showing traffic crossing the now opened bridge, from StriderView from NC 150 west approaching the I-73 interchange showing traffic is being routed onto the new alignment crossing the bridge. Meanwhile, the old alignment is being being demolished for the future I-73 lanes.


Image of view along NC 150 East showing traffic using new bridge over future I-73, from StriderThe view from a side road along NC 150 East, showing the Future I-73 interchange from the other direction, with traffic using the new bridge.


Image of view of new NC 150 bridge over Future I-73 heading east, from StriderView from NC 150 East, approaching the completed bridge over I-73. They are paving the exit ramps and some areas on I-73 near the bridge (not pictured).


Image of completed bridge on NC 150 near Summerfield over future lanes of I-73, from StriderLooking across to the other side of the newly opened bridge over the future I-73 roadway on NC 150 in Summerfield.


Image looking west from new alignment of Brookbank Road showing progress in constructing I-73, from StriderView looking south from the new alignment of Brookbank Rd near the bridge, showing the old alignment being taken out for the I-73 lanes. In the distance are the nearly completed Reddy Fork Creek bridges.


Image showing paving progress north of the new Brookbank Rd. bridge for future lanes of I-73, from StriderLooking north on the new Brookbank Rd. bridge, showing progress in paving the I-73 lanes back towards NC 150. (The bridge was opened to traffic shortly after the photo was taken.)


Earlier photos taken by site contributor, Strider in mid-October 2016:

Image looking south from US 220 South overpass showing paving for future I-73 roadway, from StriderLooking south from the US 220 interchange bridge over the future I-73 roadway, showing the lanes are now being graded and first pavement has been put on.


Image looking north from Deboe Road showing construction progress on future I-73 lanes, from StriderLooking north of the Deboe Rd. Bridge, both I-73 roadways are now graded. The southbound lanes are being prepared to be paved.


Image looking south from Deboe Road showing construction progress on future I-73 highway, from StriderLooking south from Deboe Rd. (facing NC 150 bridge), showing both I-73 roadways being graded and prepared to be paved, with the paving of the southbound lanes starting.


Image looking from NC 150 toward future interchange with I-73 showing construction progress, from StriderLooking along NC 150 West approaching the future I-73 interchange showing the future NC 150 alignment ready to be paved heading slightly to the right of the current route.


Image taken of future I-73/NC 150 interchange under construction near Summerfield, by StriderA view of the future I-73 interchange heading east on NC 150. The roadway is getting ready to be paved.


Image of future I-73/NC 150 under construction near Summerfield, by StriderLooking toward NC 150 from the Future I-73 south off-ramp. Traffic lights are being set to control the intersection, allowing for left turns for NC 150 traffic entering I-73.


Image showing completed NC 150 bridge over future I-73 roadway near Summerfield, from StriderView of the future NC 150 bridge from the existing roadway. Future I-73 lanes below are still only graded.


Image showing view from Brookbank Road of construction of I-73 Freeway, from StriderView from Brookbank Road looking west facing I-73 bridge. The future roadway that veers straight to the bridge is ready to be paved.


Image of completed Brookbank Road bridge over Future I-73 in Guilford County, by StriderView showing completed Brookbank Road bridge. Further north you can see the I-73 lanes being paved back towards the NC 150 interchange.


Image of view south from Brookbank Road showing Reddy Fork bridges under construction, from Strider Looking from on Brookbank Road bridge facing south showing the Reddy Fork Creek Bridges. The Southbound bridge only need parapets to be put on each side of the bridge, while the northbound bridge is around 3/4 complete.






Image looking north from Deboe Road overpass showing grading for future I-73 roadway, from StriderLooking north from the Deboe Road overpass, showing I-73 lanes being graded. The trucks are carrying dirt to just near the US 220 interchange to fill up a small valley between Deboe Road and the US 220 bridge.


Image looking south from Deboe Rd bridge showing grading progress for I-73 freeway, from StriderHere's the view south from the Deboe Road bridge showing progress in grading toward the NC 150 interchange.


Image from Deboe Road looking at US 220 interchange bridge with future I-73 in distance, from StriderFrom Deboe Road looking north toward the US 220 South bridge over the future I-73 lanes in the distance.


Image of I-73 construction near future NC 150 interchange near Summerfield, from StriderView of NC 150 near the future I-73 interchange. The ramps for the interchange are being graded.


Image of future NC 150 interchange with I-73 under construction near Summerfield, by StriderView of NC 150 bridge over future I-73, the overpass is halfway done. The ramps on the other side have also been graded (not pictured).


Image of Brookbank Road overpass under construction over future I-73 roadway, from StriderFuture I-73 at the Brookbank Road overpass. The overpass is now 1/2 complete. The approaches to the bridge are already graded. You can also see I-73 lanes are being paved in the distance.


Image of construction around Brookbank Rd for new I-73 freeway near Summerfield, by StriderI-73 lanes facing south from Brookbank Road. The southbound bridge is nearly complete, but work has yet to start on the overpass for northbound lanes. You you also see the grading for both north and southbound lanes prior to the bridge.


Image of new Bunch Road bridge over future I-73 roadway near Summerfield, by StriderThe completed Bunch road overpass and I-73. The approaches to the bridge are already paved. The bridge was opened to traffic the next week.


Image taken from US 220 South bridge over future I-73 lanes in Guilford County, from StriderView from US 220 South overpass, facing I-73 lanes to the south, showing the lanes are being paved, dirt is also being taken to fill a small valley beyond.


Image of closer view of I-73 construction from US 220 South bridge in Guilford County, from StriderA closer view of the image above showing the progress in the preliminary paving of the future I-73 lanes.


Previous Photos taken in July 2016:

Image showing construction progress on I-73 from Bunch Road in Guilford County, photo by StriderLooking south from Bunch Rd. The bridge is behind the photo, but you can see the pavement far away, mostly graded roadway stops short of where photo taken until the bridge is finished.


Image of new Bunch Road overpass being constructed over Future I-73 roadbed in Guilford County, photo from StriderThe Bunch Rd. overpass over I-73, nearly finished except for the bridge parapets. The approach roads to the new overpass are already graded (not paved yet).


Image of Future I-73 construction at Brookbank Rd in Guilford County, photo by StriderFuture I-73 Roadbed at Brookbank Rd. facing north. They have not started building the overpass (the approach roads are already graded, as are the I-73 lanes).


Image looking north along I-73 construction zone at Brookbank Rd in Guilford County, photo by StriderFacing south along I-73 Roadbed from Brookbank Rd. The southbound bridge over Reddy Fork River near completion in distance, work at the northbound bridge has not started.



Image of I-73 construction at Future NC 150 interchange of I-73 in Guilford County, Photo by StriderView at Future NC 150 interchange (Exit 116) of work on building the overpass over I-73 looking north. The on and off ramps are already graded (not paved). The completed Deboe Rd. Bridge is seen in the distance.


Image of I-73 roadbed at future NC 150 interchange in Guilford County, by Strider I-73 Roadbed at Future NC 150 interchange facing south with I-73 roadbed being graded heading towards Brookbank Rd.


Image of I-73 construction looking south from completed Deboe Road bridge, photo by StriderView from completed Deboe Rd. bridge, facing south towards NC 150 showing grading progress on I-73 roadbed, NC 150 bridge construction in distance.


Image from new Deboe Rd bridge of I-73 construction in Rockingham County, photo by Strider View from completed Deboe Rd. Bridge facing north with work started on removing the detour alignment that is no longer needed. The roadbed curves to the left in the distance towards the future US 220 interchange.


Image of newly completed Alcorn Rd bridge over future I-73 roadway, by StriderLooking east along recently completed realigned Alcorn Road and bridge over future I-73 roadway.


Image of newly completed Alcorn Road bridge over future I-73 roadway, from StriderNow looking west along completed Alcorn Road bridge and connecting roadway over future I-73.


Image of construction in the vicinity of the future I-73/NC 150 interchange, facing south, from StriderView of future I-73/NC 150 interchange area looking north showing clearing and early grading in the area.


Image of construction around site of future I-73/NC 150 interchange, looking north, from StriderAnother view of the NC 150 interchange area, looking south along the future I-73 roadway.


Previous photos by Strider from May 2016:

Image of future I-73 roadbed looking north from Alcorn Rd, by StriderView along future I-73 roadbed south of Alcorn Rd bridge, headed toward NC 68.


Image of nearly completed Alcorn Rd bridge over future I-73 roadbed, by StriderAlmost complete Alcorn Road bridge crosses wet and muddy future I-73 roadbed between NC 68 and NC 150.


Image of Bunch Road bridge under construction that will cross future I-73 roadbed, from StriderView of center support of future Bunch Rd bridge over I-73, looking north toward NC 150.


Image looking south across Bunch Rd along future path of I-73, from StriderLooking south across Bunch Road showing clearing and grading of future I-73 roadway heading back toward Alcorn Rd.


Image looking along current NC 150 at future I-73 interchange showing construction progress on new section of NC 150, from StriderView from NC 150 at site of future I-73 interchange. Grading is for new section of road needed to take traffic around future bridge construction.


Image of new construction to the north of NC 150 for future I-73 with clearing for Deboe Rd bridge in distance, from StriderLooking north from NC 150 showing progress in grading I-73 roadbed, the Deboe Street bridge is in the distance.


Image of I-73 roadbed under construction at Deboe Rd looking north, from StriderLooking north from Deboe Road which is halfway between NC 150 and US 220 showing progress in clearing and grading the future I-73 roadbed.


Image of construction of Deboe Rd bridge over future I-73 roadbed, from StriderLooking south from Deboe Road at future bridge over I-73 being constructed.


Image of future I-73 roadway from Bookbank Rd showing clearing, from StriderLooking south from Bookbank Rd at future I-73 Roadbed, in distance are twin bridges under construction over the Reddy Fork River.


Image looking north along future I-73 roadbed from Bookbank Rd, from StriderLooking north from Bookbank Road at future I-73 roadbed, this section has only recently started serious construction.


Photos by Strider from August 2015:

Image of Bridge piers being constructed at intersection of Alcorn Rd and NC 68 for 
I-73 Connector. Photo by Strider August 2015Looking south from Alcorn Road along I-73 roadbed heading toward NC 68 bridge.


Image of cleared and graded roadway for Future I-73 as seen from Alcorn Rd. Photo by Strider August 2015Looking further north along the graded roadbed for Future I-73 from Alcorn Road.


Photos taken by Strider, January and April 2015:

Image looking south of Alcorn Road  and the massive clearings for I-73 heading south 
to NC 68, photo by StriderLooking south of Alcorn Road and the clearing for I-73 heading back toward NC 68. Alcorn Road will be go over I-73 here.


Looking north of Alcorn Road and clearing for the future I-73 roadbed along with 
several construction vehicles idle for the moment.View north of Alcorn Road showing clearing of roadbed heading toward NC 150 and several idle construction vehicles.


Image looking south of Bunch Road showing progress in the clearing of land for I-73, 
photo by Strider.Looking south of Bunch Road and the progress of clearing the land for the future I-73 freeway near Summerfield.


Image South of NC 150 along Oak Ridge Rd, site of future interchange being built with 
I-73, photo by StriderView south of NC 150 (Oak Ridge Rd) and the extensive clearing be made for future interchange with I-73.


If anyone has any other photos to share of the construction going on for either of these segments,

Feel free to E-mail me.