The Charlotte Observer had a strange article on the topic earlier this week, claiming that the answer was “by July 20.” Right now, they’re still pouring concrete near Prosperity Church Road.  The key firm yet not so firm quote:

“The concrete paving contractor was a little bit optimistic,” said Scott Cole, a deputy division engineer with the N.C. DOT. “There have been some weather issues. Our [contractual] completion date is July 20. We don’t have the means to push at this point.”

All of which sounds like they’ll make July 20 if it doesn’t rain too much. And if it’s a wet spring, all bets are off.