Washington Park Neighborhood Association 

Neighbors Meet About Business-40 Construction

02 May 2017 4:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

On Tuesday, April 11, nearly 25 Washington Park neighbors gathered in the Multipurpose Room at the Central Y to hear from state and city officials about the upcoming plans for construction on Business-40 in a meeting organized by WPNA.

Wright Archer, NCDOT District Engineer and Pat Ivey, NCDOT Division Engineer were present, as well as Karen Simon, President of Simon Resources, and Amy Hubbard, Senior Planner, Simon Resources (simonresourcesinc.com), consultants to NC Department of Transportation. They presented the latest information about the project and fielded questions regarding construction plans and traffic diversions planned during the project. City of Winston-Salem Deputy Director Connie James also attended the meeting.

How will construction affect traffic?

Ten years in the making, the project includes rebuilding the 1.2-mile segment of Bus-40 through downtown Winston-Salem from U.S. 52 to Fourth Street. The upfit includes nine vehicular bridges, two pedestrian bridges, and portions of a multi-use path from Lockland Ave. to Liberty St. Karen Simon led off with an overview of the presentation that included information about the design-build team hired to construct Business-40; its construction schedule and timeline; adjacent improvements and bridge designs; and traffic management and changes during the construction. Pat Ivey followed with detailed descriptions of construction and anticipated dates. 

During the project, Bus-40 will be closed in the downtown area. A significant challenge to this project was allowing for traffic access into and out of downtown during construction. Although there will be road closures, the project has been divided into four different segments with staggered schedules to allow local traffic to flow as smoothly as possible around construction. NCDOT and city planners want to make sure that through-traffic uses I-40 (on the south side of town) rather than clog up local and visitor traffic flowing into – and out of – downtown. Construction on the first segment – which includes intersection and overpass at Peter’s Creek Parkway – will begin this Fall. The last segment of the project is anticipated to wrap up in Fall 2019.

How can you prepare?

In order to prevent frustration and surprises, officials recommend that local residents who currently use Bus-40 to shuttle themselves around town take time now to explore alternate routes to get around. If you currently use Bus-40 to get around town, examine the project map and start planning alternate travel routes before construction begins. 

Find out more

You can find current info, timelines, project descriptions, suggestions for traveling in the area, and illustrations of the new bridges, roadways and walkways at the official project website, www.business40nc.com. Follow news on Twitter @NCDOT_Triad  #Biz40NC. Email questions to business40@business40nc.com. Or write to Business 40 Project, NCDOT-Division 9, 375 Silas Creek Pkwy., Winston-Salem, NC 27127.

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