NCDOT Accelerates Start of Construction on Business 40 Improvement Project in Winston-Salem to 2016 Friday, February 22, 2013



RALEIGH – 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, including:

· 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 project;

· Completing the project an estimated year earlier than originally anticipated;

· Saving money; and

· 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 Salem Creek Connector and improving existing ones such as U.S. 52 and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in preparation.


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.


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