NCDOT to Close U.S. 52 North in Winston-Salem Starting Friday Night for Shoulder Strengthening Work Thursday, July 26, 2012

Part of preparation required to build new acceleration lane on U.S. 52

RALEIGH — Motorists traveling on U.S. 52 North in Winston-Salem this weekend will encounter lane closures between U.S. 421/Business 40 and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Crews need to shut down the northbound lanes to strengthen the shoulder along the inside lane of the highway.

The closure will start Friday, July 27, at 9 p.m. Crews will shut down the inside lane of U.S. 52 North first and then close the outside lane of the highway to traffic.

Weather permitting, they will reopen the outside lane of U.S. 52 North on Saturday, July 28, at 6 a.m. The inside lane will remain closed through the weekend. It will reopen to traffic by 6 a.m. on Monday, July 30.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will set up the following detour route to help motorists travel efficiently around the work zone:

             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.

The work is part of the U.S. 52 Improvement Project. Shoulder strengthening is a necessary step to prepare for the construction of a new lane on U.S. 52 North between U.S. 421/Business 40 and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. It will offer drivers a safer way to accelerate or decelerate when getting on or off the highway. The new lane will also help reduce congestion and allow traffic to flow more efficiently through the area.

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 or follow NCDOT on Twitter at

Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “” 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 Improvement Project, visit 



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