Citizens Invited to Informational Meeting Thursday about Union Cross Road Widening Project in Forsyth County Friday, April 20, 2012

NCDOT will provide overview of project, set motorist expectations, answer questions

RALEIGH — With construction now under way on the Union Cross Road widening project in Winston-Salem and Kernersville, citizens may have questions about how the three-year project will affect them. To help answer those questions, the N.C. Department of Transportation is holding an informational meeting on Thursday, April 26.

“We want to give people a clear picture of what to expect as they drive through the work zone now and in the months ahead,” said NCDOT Resident Engineer Wright Archer. “By sharing this information, we can help alleviate motorist frustration and give drivers plenty of time to adjust their travel schedules.”

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Glenn High School, which is located at 1600 Union Cross Road in Kernersville.

NCDOT engineers will start the meeting with a formal presentation. It will provide an overview of the project, highlight the construction milestones ahead and explain how a diverging diamond interchange works. Following the presentation, department staff will answer questions from the public. Handouts offering ways for citizens to get regular updates on the project will also be available.

The $30.3 million project will widen 4.2 miles of Union Cross Road from Sedge Garden Road north of I-40 to Wallburg Road just south of U.S. 311. The majority of Union Cross Road will be widened to two lanes in each direction, but at the I-40/Union Cross Road interchange, it will be widened to three lanes in each direction.

In addition, crews will construct one of North Carolina’s first diverging diamond interchanges at Union Cross Road and I-40. The DDI is unique, because it allows traffic moving in two directions to temporarily cross to the left side of the road. The DDI will provide drivers with easier access to I-40, and help eliminate the congestion and crashes that occur when vehicles back up on the ramps. To see how efficiently traffic will flow through the DDI, watch this video: http://tinyurl.com/7ev98ky.

Construction on the project started on April 16, and final completion is set for Nov. 15, 2015. The contractor is Larco Construction – A Division of Branscome Inc. of Winston-Salem.

Currently, 25,000 cars travel along this 4.2-mile section of Union Cross Road daily, but that number is expected to rise to 41,000 a day by 2031. The improvements will prepare for and accommodate the future residential and commercial growth anticipated in the area. They will also enhance safety and help drivers get where they need to go more efficiently.

(Editor’s note: NCDOT Resident Engineer Wright Archer will hold a media availability at 4 p.m. on April 26  in the auditorium of Glenn High School to answer reporters’ questions about the project’s schedule, benefits and impacts to traffic.)

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