ASHEBORO, N.C. -- Governor Pat McCrory and others broke ground Thursday on the future U.S.64 Asheboro Bypass.
The ceremony happened at the North Carolina Zoo. The 16.1 mile, four lane highway is part of the Department of Transportation's plans to improve the routes from Raleigh to Statesville (U.S. 64 ) and Raleigh to Charlotte (N.C. 49 and U.S. 64)
“This bypass will connect the rest of the state with both Asheboro, this region and the zoo,” Gov. Pat McCrory said.
The $244 million project includes building a zoo connector, a two lane roadway running directly from the bypass to the zoo entrance.
“Having this connector to solve the traffic problems associated with high visitor days, large visitor days, is one of the keys to allowing the zoo to accommodate the million people that we're hoping for in the very near future,” said Mayor David Smith of Asheboro
Work continues to secure the right away to begin building, soon.
"It's over 460 parcels along the project and we've settled on about 150 parcels currently,” said project manager, Mike Merritt. “We started the right away process back in October and we're probably 6 months to a year to finishing up all of the right away."
Construction is expected to start in July and finish by November 2019.