As Winston-Salem's downtown continues to develop into a thriving urban hub, the 1.2-mile stretch of Business 40 that runs through downtown is due for structural improvements and overall beautification. The three-year project, spearheaded by North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), is a multi-phased project that began last Fall and is slated for completion in late 2020. The finished project will offer travelers safer roadways in and out of Winston-Salem's bustling downtown, and add and improve pedestrian walkways through and around downtown.
While construction crews work to complete the expansion of Peters Creek Parkway (learn more about that here), the 1.2-mile section of Business 40 between Peters Creek Parkway and U.S. 52. will close on Sunday, November 11, at 8 a.m. Find up-to-date road closure information, along with easy-to-navigate detour routes here.
Friday, October 19 Beginning Friday afternoon the right lane of northbound Peters Creek Parkway will be closed at the bridge over Business 40 and will reopen late Saturday, October 20. The left lane of northbound Peters Creek Parkway will be open to traffic.
Through November 9: The left turn lane at the intersection of Marshall Street (southbound) and Eighth Street will close as will the small portion of Eighth Street between Cherry and Marshall streets. The detour around this section of work, which includes Eighth Street and North MLK, Jr. Drive is to use Seventh Street, Liberty Street, and Main Street. The completed construction will add a second lane to the eighth street, and a second left turn lane at the Marshall/Eighth street intersection.
November 11 at 8 a.m. a 1.2-mile section of Business 40 between Peters Creek Parkway and U.S. 52 will temporarily close as part of the Business 40 Improvement Project. Sections between downtown Winston-Salem and the I-40 splits, near Clemmons and the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market will remain open. Detour signs will guide pass-through traffic onto I-40.
The project provides wider lanes, longer access and exit ramps, higher bridges, an increased speed limit, a modern look and a new name - Salem Parkway/U.S. 421.
There will be two pedestrian bridges and a tunnel. The footbridges connect the city's Greenway project, providing a walkable route from the Long Branch Trail at the Innovation Quarter in downtown to BB&T Ballpark.
For up to date detours, NCDOT has partnered with Waze to bring you real-time traffic information in and around the Business 40 project site.
PART – Your Business 40 Transportation Resource
The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) wants to help you reduce the stress and challenges getting to work during the Business 40 closure. We have programs and services that can help you use your daily commute to do more than just fight traffic! Sharing the ride just one day a week can make a difference.
New and improved transportation options and discounts have been developed with funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Visit www.partnc.org/biz40 to find out more about enhanced bus service, vanpool options, and even 50% discounts to ride!
Business 40 Project Milestones
Peters Creek Parkway construction -- Began Fall 2017 - Fall 2018
Business 40 Closes** -- Fall 2018
Project Complete -- Late 2020
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change.
** Full closure of Business 40 will not occur until after construction on Peters Creek Parkway is complete.