Part of preparation required to build new
acceleration lane on U.S. 52
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
The N.C. Department of
Transportation will set up the following detour route to help motorists
travel efficiently around the work zone:
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 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 Improvement
Project, visit www.ncdot.gov/projects/us52improvements/.