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The start of construction was delayed for a few years before work finally got going in 2010 on the Timber Drive Extension in Garner, but the road will open 10 months ahead of schedule after a ribbon-cutting today, DOT said.
The four-lane, 1.4-mile road links N.C. 50 to White Oak Road on the east side of Garner. It will provide an alternative to U.S. 70 for traffic from White Oak Crossing to Garner and Raleigh.
Raleigh-based Fred Smith Co. won the $9.4 million contract in June 2010, with completion scheduled in October 2012. Engineers for the state Department of Transportation said months of warm, dry weather helped Smith finish the work this fall.
The ribbon-cutting is planned for 2 p.m. at the Civitan Center, 1105 Poole Drive, Garner. When DOT and Garner officials scheduled the event several blocks from the new road, they didn't think they'd be ready to allow traffic on Timber Drive Extension today. Now they plan to do so, at 4:30 p.m.