Work is finally starting again on the Guilford College Road widening project near West Market Street.

Many people have asked why no work was being done.

Some have even asked if the orange barrels were permanent.

On June 18, City Councilmember Marikay Abuzuaiter posted this comment at “Just want to clarify the delay on W. Market and Guilford College Rd. The City has done everything required at this point. We have been waiting on the railroad to finish their part. The stop arms have to be relocated and wired. After the railroad completes their part, the City will add the finishing touches.”

According to a press release from the City of Greensboro dated Monday, June 21, work is getting underway this week.

The press release states that beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 24, Guilford College Road will be closed to traffic in both directions from Burnt Poplar Road to West Market Street due to Norfolk Southern railroad track and signal work.

The press release states, “The job, which is part of a widening project for Guilford College Road is expected to be completed by 7 a.m. Thursday, July 1, weather permitting.”

The press release states, “Access to businesses and residential streets along this section of Guilford College Road will be available between Burnt Poplar Road and Wendy Court.  All other traffic will be detoured heading northeast from Guilford College Road to Burnt Poplar Road to S. Swing Road heading north to W. Market Street east, back to Guilford College Road.  The route from Guilford College Road heading southwest will be the same but in reverse.”

Those traveling through the area are advised to use alternate routes or be prepared for delays through the detour.

Abuzuaiter is the chair of the Greensboro Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (GUAMPO) board, which manages the federally required transportation planning process for the area.  Street improvement projects like the widening of Guilford College Road are largely paid for with federal dollars.

Abuzuaiter said, “I’m thrilled the project is moving. I hate that everyone thinks the city caused the delay when we didn’t.  We had to wait for the railroad.”

Abuzuaiter added, “Basically it’s not going to take us long once the railroad finishes. Everything should be completed sometime in August.”