Proposed Project to Improve U.S. 421/Business 40 in Winston-Salem

According to a new press release given by The North Carolina Department of Transportation, a project is in the works to improve the conditions of a 1.2-mile stretch of road on U.S. 421/Business 40 in downtown Winston-Salem. The project will take place east of Church Street and will stretch to west of Fourth Street. The downtown area that will be affected is shown in the following link:
http://www.business40nc.com/en-us/Pages/Mapping.aspx

The existing pavement will be replaced with new, concrete pavement, and the entrance and exit ramps will be modernized. Most of the bridges on and over U.S. 421/Business 40 will also be replaced. According to the Bridge Inspection Reports, ten of the bridges were declared “Structurally Deficient.”

The Federal Environmental Assessment (EA) for this project has been completed, and it is available for public view online: http://www.business40nc.com/en-us/Pages/Environmental-Assessment.aspx

The public can also view the EA at the following locations:

Winston-Salem Forsyth UA MPO
City of Winston-Salem – Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building
100 East First Street, Suite 307
Winston-Salem

NCDOT Division Office
375 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem

Forsyth County Public Library
Central Library – North Carolina Room
660 West Fifth Street
Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem State University
C.G. O’Kelly Library – Main Circulation Desk
601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Winston-Salem

According to the EA, the downtown project proposes to improve interchange spacing by reducing the number of interchanges from six to three. The six existing interchanges do not meet FWHA design standards. The standards state that there should be a one-mile spacing between interchanges, and the distance between this 1.2 mile segment ranges from .13 miles to .28 miles. The short distance between interchanges results in weaving spacing at 150 ft. to 300 ft. when the recommended spacing is 2,000 ft. This will reduce the number of “conflict points” on this stretch of road.

The purpose of this project is to better ensure the safety of drivers and to reduce congestion. A public hearing on this project will be held during the summer, and the time and date of this hearing will be announced in the coming weeks.

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