Public comments will help guide project’s design, development
(Division 9 Engineer
Pat Ivey will hold a media availability at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 inside McNeil Banquet
Hall to discuss the project and answer questions from reporters.)
RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation invites
citizens to attend an open house and public hearing on Monday, Jan. 30, for the
Salem Creek Connector project in Winston-Salem.
The $89.1 million project will construct a new one-mile, four-lane road
from Martin Luther King Jr. Drive south of Winston-Salem State University to
the Piedmont Triad Research Park. A new interchange will be constructed at U.S.
52, and the current interchange at Rams Drive (formerly Stadium Drive) will be
These improvements will reduce traffic congestion and improve pedestrian
safety at WSSU, provide direct access to downtown and enhance motorist safety on
U.S. 52. It will also serve as a critical detour route for traffic in 2018 when
NCDOT closes 1.1 miles of Business 40 for up to two years to make major upgrades to the bridges and
roadway from east of Church Street to west of Fourth Street.
Residents can learn more about the project on Monday at the Anderson
Conference Center at WSSU, which is located at 601 S. Martin Luther King Jr.
Drive in Winston-Salem.
The open house will run from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in McNeil Banquet Hall.
People are invited to drop in any time during those hours to talk with NCDOT
representatives, ask questions and offer input.
At 7 p.m., a formal public hearing will begin in Dillard Auditorium. The
presentation will include information about the project’s proposed location and
design, as well as right-of- way and relocation procedures.
NCDOT will use the comments shared by people during the open house and
public hearing to help guide the design and development of the project. The comment
period ends on Feb. 14.
Maps displaying the location and design of the project,
as well as a copy of the Environmental Assessment, are available for public
review at the NCDOT Division 9 Office, located at 375 Silas Creek Parkway,
Winston-Salem and Winston-Salem City Hall South – Suite 307, located at 100
East First St. The maps are also available online.
Anyone desiring additional information may contact
Jamille Robbins, NCDOT-Human Environment Unit, via mail at 1598 Mail Service
Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1598, by phone at (919) 707-6085 or via email at
NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the
Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in
this hearing. Anyone requiring special services should contact Robbins as early
as possible, so arrangements can be made.