GREENSBORO — A section of the future Interstate 73 opens today from N.C. 68 to U.S. 220.

N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon announced the opening earlier this week during a meeting of the Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.

“The conception, execution and delivery of this project speaks to the Division and MPO’s evolving partnership that continues to make transportation better for the citizens of this region,” he said, according to a DOT news release.

The new 6-mile section of highway has a speed limit of 65 mph with two lanes in both directions.

It will improve travel time and safety by “eliminating possible collision points in this heavily traveled area of Guilford County,” DOT said.

Mike Mills, engineer for Division 7, which includes Guilford County, said the road offers more than ease of travel.

“This section of the project increases the potential for economic development by improving connections to Oak Ridge, Summerfield, Colfax and all points north through Guilford and western Rockingham counties,” he said in the release.

The new section is expected to open at noon today. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in June.

Transportation officials ask drivers to be careful, as crews will be working along the road to remove barricades and uncover directional signs.