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Greensboro I-840 Urban Loop section to open; will help traffic

The Greensboro Urban Loop project is scheduled to open Monday, and leaders said it will help with traffic and nearby small businesses. URBAN-LOOP PROJECT: WXII 12 News spoke with Wright Archer, a division engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, on Friday. The final four-mile stretch of the 49-mile loop on Interstate 840 cost about $150 million to build, he said. The last section is from North Elm Street to US 29 in 1999. “That’s all part of the planning,” he said. “It’s one of the reasons it’s taking so long because we want to minimize the impacts to the public and residents.” The project included 10 million cubic yards of work. curve that we see for people to move around the area: people, goods and services. If we reduce that travel time, that’s less free time in your life,” Archer said. “That’s less fuel you’re using. That is obviously an economic bonus. It is better for the environment. We burn less fuel. Less emissions. That’s what we see holistically in this project.” Archer said a ceremony will be held on the interstate Monday at 11 a.m. It should open to drivers starting at 2 p.m. 20 minutes or less by car by the city,” he said. SMALL BUSINESSES: WXII 12 News spoke with small businesses on both ends of the project to understand how the opening could affect the area. Devon Combs, shift manager at Duck Donuts on Pisgah Church Road, said his small business has been dealing with economic challenges that many industries have faced over the past few years, including high inflation, supply chain issues, shortages of staff etc We have to focus on the business side of things and make sure we can get what we need, and provide supplies for our customers so they can come in and get what they want,” he said. He said the opening of the latest section of the Urban The Loop is giving hope to her and many other nearby businesses.”Very excited because I knew it was going to get a lot of foot traffic and bring in more customers,” she said.WXII 12 News traveled to the opposite side of the project and visited Country Kitchen on Hicone Road Mark Mahdi, head cook, said the last few years “have been very difficult for business. You have people who don’t want to come in. And the people who do come in, you have to keep placating them. It’s been difficult. “But the last section of the The Urban Loop project will bring more traffic to this area, and Mahdi hopes it can support his business.” . More business. More money. It all comes home.” He stressed: “Support your local businesses. Please.”

The Greensboro Urban Loop project is scheduled to open Monday, and leaders said it will help with traffic and nearby small businesses.

URBAN-LOOP PROJECT:

WXII 12 News spoke with Wright Archer, a division engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, on Friday.

The final four-mile stretch of the 49-mile loop on Interstate 840 cost about $150 million to build, he said.

The last section is from North Elm Street to US 29.

Planning for the entire project began in 1969 and construction began in 1999.

“That’s all part of the planning,” he said. “It’s one of the reasons it’s taking so long because we want to minimize the impacts to the public and residents.”

The project included 10 million cubic yards of work.

“That puts us back on the curve or trying to get ahead of that growth curve that we see so that people can move around the area: people, goods and services. If we reduce that travel time, that’s less free time in your life,” Archer said. “That’s less fuel you’re using. That is obviously an economic bonus. It is better for the environment. We burn less fuel. Less emissions. That’s what we see holistically in this project.”

Archer said a ceremony will take place on the interstate Monday at 11 a.m.

It should open to drivers from 2 pm

“This is our part to stay ahead as we grow, from a residential side and a commercial industrial side. Stay ahead to keep that 20-minute or less drive around town,” he said.

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SMALL COMPANIES:

WXII 12 News spoke with small businesses on both ends of the project to understand how the opening would likely impact the area.

Devon Combs, shift manager at Duck Donuts on Pisgah Church Road, said his small business has been dealing with economic challenges faced by many industries in recent years, including high inflation, supply chain issues, shortages of staff etc

“It’s a bit frustrating because sometimes with things going up, we have to focus on the business side of things and make sure we can get what we need, and supply our customers so they can come in and get what they want.” “. ,” she said.

She said the opening of the last section of the Urban Loop is giving hope to her and many other nearby businesses.

“Super excited because I knew it was going to get a lot of foot traffic and bring in more customers,” she said.

WXII 12 News traveled to the opposite side of the project and visited the Country Kitchen on Hicone Road.

Mark Mahdi, head cook, said the past few years “have been very difficult for business. There are people who don’t want to come in. And you have to keep appeasing people who come in. It’s been difficult.”

But the last section of the Urban Loop project will bring more traffic to this area, and Mahdi hopes it can support his business.

“Honestly, with the construction going on, it stopped a lot of traffic flow like this. People had to turn around. Now that it’s here, everyone can come right here,” he said. “I was excited. More business. More money. Everything comes back home.”

He emphasized: “Support your local businesses. Please.”

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