NCDOT to Close U.S. 52; Third, Fourth, Fifth Street Ramps in Winston-Salem Starting Sunday Night Thursday, June 07, 2012

Will help streamline traffic flow, improve motorist safety

RALEIGH — As part of the U.S. 52 Improvement Project in Winston-Salem, the N.C. Department of Transportation is permanently closing the ramps at Third, Fourth and Fifth streets, and removing the Greyhound Court bridge over the highway, which will require completely closing U.S. 52 at night and detouring traffic. The changes will enhance safety and reduce traffic congestion.

U.S. 52 Closure

The lane closures on U.S. 52 will begin on Sunday, June 10. At 8 p.m., NCDOT will close the inside lanes of U.S. 52 from U.S. 421/Business 40 to Fifth Street. At 10 p.m., the department will close the outside lanes of U.S. 52 in that same area.

The closures will be lifted at 5 a.m. the following day. NCDOT will repeat this closure pattern each day for about a week, weather permitting, to demolish the Greyhound Court bridge.

NCDOT will set up the following detour routes to help motorists travel efficiently around the work zone:

             Traveling north on U.S. 52: Take Exit 109A (U.S. 421/Business 40). Follow U.S. 421/Business 40 East to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Take Exit 6C to travel north on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Follow Martin Luther King Jr. Drive back to U.S. 52 North.

             Traveling south on U.S. 52: Take Exit 110A (Fifth Street). Turn left onto Fifth Street and follow it to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Turn right onto Martin Luther King Junior Drive and follow it to U.S. 421/Business 40. Take Exit 6C to U.S. 421/Business 40 West and follow it back to U.S. 52 South.

The Greyhound Court bridge has been closed to traffic for more than three years. It was shut down, because the facilities the bridge provided a connection to were removed as part of the development of the Piedmont Triad Research Park. By demolishing the bridge, NCDOT eliminates a structure that it has to maintain, saving the department time and money. The concrete from the bridge will be reused as fill material to build up land for other road and bridge projects.

Third, Fourth and Fifth Street Ramp Closures

NCDOT will permanently close the Third, Fourth and Fifth Street entrance ramp at U.S. 52 South (Exit 110A) and the Third, Fourth and Fifth Street exit ramp at U.S. 52 North (Exit 110A) on Sunday at 10 p.m.

About a month later, the department will close the Third, Fourth and Fifth Street exit ramp at U.S. 52 South (Exit 110A) and the Third, Fourth and Fifth Street entrance ramp at U.S. 52 North (Exit 110A).

Following the ramp closures, NCDOT will construct an additional lane in each direction from U.S. 421/Business 40 to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

There are multiple entrance and exit ramps on U.S. 52 between U.S. 421/Business 40 and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Currently, drivers merging onto the highway must weave between drivers trying to get off the highway to reach their destinations. This creates a traffic bottleneck, which is especially bad during the morning and evening rush hours.

Eliminating the ramps and adding a new acceleration lane will alleviate congestion, reduce crashes and improve safety on the highway, which carries 80,000-90,000 vehicles a day.

Preparation for the Business 40 Improvement Project

U.S. 52 will serve as a key detour route when NCDOT closes U.S. 421/Business 40 for up to two years, starting in 2018, to completely upgrade 1.1 miles of the road. Making improvements now to traffic flow and safety on U.S. 52 is a critical step in preparation for the Business 40 Improvement Project.

The department urges motorists to “know before you go” about traffic conditions around U.S. 52. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ncdot_triad.

Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone and bookmark it for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

For more information about the U.S. 52 Bridge Replacement Project, visit www.ncdot.gov/projects/us52BridgeReplacement/.

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