As work on the path of U.S. 220 began in the spring, areas around the roadway were cleared.
After years of rumors, plans and discussion, the widening of U.S. 220 from Horse Pen Creek Road in Greensboro into Rockingham County finally got underway.
On March 9, the N.C. Department of Transportation signed a $96.2 million contract with Tetra Tech Construction to undertake the project to widen the 13.2-mile stretch of U.S. 220 from two lanes to four. Work began clearing trees and undergrowth on May 14.
From Horse Pen Creek Road to the Haw River, the newly-configured U.S. 220 will be full access for residences and businesses that border it, although vehicles will be restricted to right turns at most locations. Beyond the Haw River to where U.S. 220 and N.C. 68 meet in Rockingham County, it will be a limited-access highway, structured similarly to an Interstate highway.
Read about this story and more in our recap of 2012 throughout January.