If you drive through downtown High Point, be prepared to find yourself hitting some blocked off roads for quite a while since the City of High Point is using the first months of 2020 to conduct extensive and necessary utility work that will close some key roads for months.
There has been massive construction going on in that city’s downtown in recent years due to and connected with the construction of the new baseball stadium – and other projects – and the city and those in the private sector are also trying to improve the infrastructure of downtown. While the work in overhauling that city’s core is part of a long-term plan meant to benefit citizens, it’s also at times causing headaches for motorists trying to negotiate the center of the city.
On Monday, Jan. 6, the City of High Point announced that the intersection of Elm Street and English Road would be closed – starting that day – due to utility work. The work will result in the closure of both English Road and Elm Street in the area. For about two months, traffic in that area will have to find a new route. In a statement announcing the closure, High Point officials stated that detours will be in place to direct drivers.
While the work is going on, English Road will be closed to through traffic between Main Street and Elm Street. The detour for this traffic will send drivers south on Main Street, west on Green Street and north on Lindsay Street back to the intersection with English Road.
Elm Street is closed to through traffic between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Church Avenue. The detour for northbound Elm Street traffic will take motorists eastbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, north on Main Street and west on Church Avenue back to the intersection with Elm Street.
The detour for southbound Elm Street will take motorists west on Gatewood Avenue, south on Lindsay Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive back to the intersection with Elm Street.