View of Business 40 from a bridge in Winston-Salem.
Raleigh, NC - The NCDOT announced Friday that it will begin the Business 40 Improvement project two years ahead of schedule.
Originally planned for 2018, the DOT decided to start the project in 2016 to incorporate replacing the Peters Creek Parkway bridge over US 421/Business 40. The Peters Creek Parkway bridge project will widen the new bridge as well as Peters Creek Parkway from the interchange to First Street. Drivers can also anticipate improved ramps at the interchange.
"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," NCDOT Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said in a news release. "Starting earlier means finishing earlier - an advantage that shows we're serious about our commitment to 'get in, get out and stay out.'"
Construction will start in the summer of 2016 and is estimated to take four to five years to complete. The DOT said it will close slightly more than one mile of US 421/Business 40 for as long as two years. New detour routes will be built and existing routes will be improved to accommodate drivers during the construction periods.
The Business 40 Improvement Project will remove and replace pavement, replace 10 bridges and improve ramps on US 421/Business 40 from west of Fourth Street to east of Church Street in downtown Winston-Salem.
The DOT provided the following reasons why combining the two construction projects will be beneficial:
- 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.
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