Greensboro, NC -- U.S. 220 will soon become a new portion of I-73 in central North Carolina, according to the NC Department of Transportation.
Crews will start to install new signs on U.S. 220 Monday as they begin to convert a 70-mile stretch of the highway--between Greensboro and Ellerbe--into I-73.
NCDOT awarded Traffic Control Safety and Services of Winston-Salem a more than $820,000 contract to install more than 1,350 signs along the highway.
Monday, crews will start to put up guardrails, dig footings for large signs and put steel and concrete in place to hold up the signs.
NCDOT says the signs themselves will go up in mid-March.
The conversion project should be completed by Oct. 11. Until then, drivers can expect some delays along U.S. 220.
Construction crews will shut down lanes in Greensboro overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. They'll close the section between Level Cross in Randolph and Ellerbe in Richmond County between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
NCDOT says some exits could also change as a result of the conversion. We'll let you know when we have more information on that.