Crews work on the project to widen Market Street through Colfax.
By Thomas Lester
Travel through Colfax and you're bound to see it.
Construction to widen a portion of W. Market Street has been underway since Sept. 26, 2011. With a little more than two years to go, it will continue to be a familiar sight.
The $17,474,472 project is designed to widen about four miles of the roadway that connects Greensboro to Kernersville through Colfax. It will be a four-lane, divided highway with a median from N.C. 68 to Bunker Hill Road.
To date, a lot of the early work has been completed.
"The clearing has mostly been done and they're grading," said NCDOT Resident Engineer Brian Smith, who is overseeing the project. "Some of it's been paved. It's real spotty. There are a lot of utilities to work around. Where there's nothing, that's because there's utilities that haven't been gotten out of the way yet."
Much like the widening of U.S. 220 through Summerfield, the project is following the same format. A new, westbound lane is being built to the north of the existing Market Street corridor. Once that is finished, traffic will be rerouted onto the new roadway while the eastbound lane (the existing road) is upgraded. After it's complete, traffic will be split.
Smith said the creation of the northbound lane is by far the slowest-advancing part of the project.
"They're still in the first phase," Smith said. "That's going to take the longest because there's nothing there."
J.R. Lynch & Sons of Pilot Mountain is the contractor of record for the project.