Project update meeting scheduled for April 9
RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation invites citizens who want to learn more about the Salem Creek Connector project in downtown Winston-Salem to attend a project update meeting on Tuesday, April 9, from 5-7 p.m. It will be held in the main dining room of the Anderson Conference Center at Winston-Salem State University, which is located at 601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Winston-Salem.
“This meeting gives us the opportunity to share important information about major project milestones with citizens long before we roll out the heavy equipment,” said NCDOT Division 9 Engineer Pat Ivey. “We want to explain to drivers how the project may affect them every step of the way over the next two-and-a-half years.”
At the meeting, citizens can visit stations where NCDOT representatives will explain the purpose and benefits of the project, provide a project timeline and highlight innovative techniques the contractor will use to minimize the impact of construction on traffic. Citizens are invited to talk one-on-one with department staff to ask questions and share their thoughts.
The Salem Creek Connector project includes constructing a new 1.1-mile, four-lane road with a median from Martin Luther King Jr. Drive south of Winston-Salem State University to Rams Drive at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, as well as eight bridges mainly over parts of Salem Creek and U.S. 52. A new diverging diamond interchange will be built at U.S. 52, and the current interchange at Rams Drive will be removed.
“During the meeting, we’ll use videos and maps to show citizens how the new road will help traffic flow more efficiently through the city,” said NCDOT Resident Engineer Wright Archer, who will oversee construction. “We’ll walk them through each phase of construction to illustrate the difference the Salem Creek Connector will make for the 80,000-90,000 people who drive through downtown Winston-Salem each day.”
The new road will make it easier for motorists to access U.S. 52 from Winston-Salem State University, Salem Academy and College, and the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. It will also reduce traffic congestion and improve pedestrian safety at WSSU, provide a direct route to a revitalized downtown and enhance motorist safety on U.S. 52.
NCDOT awarded a $68.9 million contract to the design-build team of Blythe Construction Inc. of Charlotte and Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. of Charlotte for the project in January. Design work and right-of-way acquisition are currently under way, with utility relocation scheduled to start in June. Construction is set to begin in December, with final completion set for November 2015.
For more information, visit the project website or follow NCDOT’s Triad Twitter feed and look for the hashtag, #SalemCreek.
(Editor’s note: NCDOT Resident Engineer Wright Archer will hold a media availability to discuss the purpose of the meeting and the details of the project Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the meeting location noted above.)
Visualization of how traffic will flow on the new road: