WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Construction is moving along on the Salem Creek Connector which the NCDOT says will help traffic flow more efficiently for Winston-Salem drivers.
The NCDOT says crews are working on a new 1.1 mile, four-lane road with a median from Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.
The project includes 11 bridges which will carry traffic over parts of Salem Creek and U.S. 52 and a roundabout at Salem Avenue and City Yard Drive. A new diverging diamond interchange will also be built at U.S. 52 and the current interchange ramps at Rams Drive will be removed.
The NCDOT Communications Office also tells WFMY News 2 the Salem Creek Connector will also serve as an important detour route to keep traffic flowing while the Business 40 Improvement Project is under way. 1.1 miles of U.S, 421/Business 40 from east of Church Street to east of Fourth Street will be closed starting in 2016 as part of the project.
Division 9 Engineer Pat Ivey says the Salem Creek Connector "will reduce traffic congestion and improve pedestrian safety at WSSU and provide a direct route to a revitalized and thriving downtown."
NCDOT, WFMY News 2