On  Wednesday, May 8, at 9 a.m., the City of High Point will host groundbreaking festivities for its Samet Drive extension project at the construction site at 7706 Samet Drive.

That morning, Ward 6 representative Mayor Pro Tem Michael Holmes will kick off the groundbreaking ceremony with a few remarks.

The project has a surprisingly specific end date of Tuesday, April 8, 2025 (though no time of day was announced).

It will extend Samet Drive from Penny Road to Wendover Avenue to help ease traffic flow on other roads and provide an improved transportation experience that’s meant to serve the increased number of drivers who are a result of all the economic development in the area.

The roadway project includes water, sewer and storm utilities, sidewalks and curb and gutter – as well as a roundabout intersection, turn lanes and traffic signal improvements.

The event kicking off the project is free and is open to everyone who wants to come out; however, parking will be very limited.  So those who wish to attend are being asked to enter Samet Drive off of Penny Road and then park on the shoulder of the gravel roadway while being careful not to block private driveways.

Attendees will also include members of the High Point City Council, City Manager Tasha Logan Ford, assistant city managers and city staff, as well as the project’s developer – Dennis Bunker of Bunker Land Group.

It will also include representatives from Triangle Paving and Grading, who will be the people doing much of the actual hard work for 355 days following the morning’s festivities.

After the ceremony, Mayor Pro Tem Holmes, along with city staff, will take questions from the media.