Drivers in downtown Winston-Salem will no longer have to wait until 2018 for
much-needed renovations to begin on U.S. 421/Business 40. The N.C. Department of Transportation is advancing the schedule for the Business 40 Improvement Project by two years – now allowing construction to
start in 2016.
“We’re excited to announce the acceleration of this
project, which will bring critical upgrades to one of the most heavily traveled
roads in Winston-Salem,” said NCDOT Transportation Secretary Tony Tata.
“Starting earlier means finishing earlier – an advantage that shows we’re
serious about our commitment to ‘get in, get out and stay out.’”
NCDOT moved the project schedule forward by combining the
Business 40 Improvement Project with a separate project to replace and widen the
Peters Creek Parkway bridge over U.S. 421/Business 40, enhance the ramps at the
interchange and widen Peters Creek Parkway from the interchange to First Street.
The two projects are now a single design-build project.
The design-build method of construction
allows NCDOT to award a contract to a team of designers and contractors
simultaneously to design and construct a project to expedite its completion.
This strategic step offers many benefits,
· Allowing one design-build team to work on
improvements to both U.S. 421/Business 40 and Peters Creek Parkway. This will
ensure better coordination and more flexibility, resulting in a higher quality
· Completing the project an estimated year
earlier than originally anticipated;
· Saving money;
· Reducing the impact to drivers. Merging the
projects will shorten the amount of time motorists will have to follow detour
routes and pass through orange barrels.
Construction is set to begin in the summer of 2016 and
take four to five years to complete. Within that timeframe, NCDOT will
completely close 1.1 miles of U.S. 421/Business 40 for up to two years. The
department is currently working on building new detour routes such as the
Connector and improving
existing ones such as U.S. 52 and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in
The schedule change will not affect NCDOT’s nationally
recognized public involvement
process for the project. The department will continue meeting with citizen
working groups to focus on key facets of the project, and
plans to hold public hearings in 2014.
In addition to the improvements at Peters Creek Parkway,
the Business 40 Improvement Project will overhaul U.S. 421/Business 40 from west
of Fourth Street to east of Church Street in downtown Winston-Salem. The work
includes removing and replacing the pavement, replacing 10 bridges and improving
ramps. The project will create a safer, longer lasting road that helps drivers
get where they need to go more efficiently.
For more information about
the project, visit www.business40nc.com.
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