|The US 421 bypass around Sanford has been under construction for several years. A short section from Colon Road to Kelly Drive opened last year. This short section was out in the country and has been little used. Two additional sections were scheduled to be opened before the end of 2007. One of these two sections opened a few weeks ago.|
|The newest section to open connects NC 42 (Avents Ferry Road) to Kelly Drive. This section is labeled as section “D” on the map at left. Together with the previously opened section “C”, the bypass is now open between Colon Road and NC 42. The new section comes out right next to East Lee Middle school and the Coty plant on the East side of Sanford. This should reduce drive time to Raleigh for anyone on the East side of Sanford or Broadway.|
|A recent article in the Sanford Herald said that the next section of the bypass connecting to US 1 (section B on the above map) will open some time in January. The paper said this section is delayed due to a problem with road signs. This section will allow traffic to bypass all the traffic lights of downtown and is eagerly anticipated by many (including me). My concern is that when this section opens, a lot of traffic including heavy trucks will be funneled down a 2 lane stretch of NC 42 to get to the bypass. With homes along this stretch of Avents Ferry Road, I hope folks will be careful once this section does open.
The final two sections of the bypass (labeled “A” and “E” on the map above) were originally scheduled to start construction in 2008 but they have been delayed. The completion date for these sections has not been determined. I hope to see the road completed in the near future to alleviate congestion on Horner Boulevard.
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