This $105 million project will widen 18.8 miles of U.S. 158 to multiple lanes from U.S. 421/Business 40 in Winston-Salem to U.S. 220 in Guilford County. The project is divided into three sections:
- Section A is 5.1 miles long. It begins just north of U.S. 421/Business 40/N.C. 150 and ends at Belews Creek Road in Forsyth County;
- Section B is 7.2 miles long. It begins at Belews Creek Road in Forsyth County and ends at Anthony Road in Guilford County; and
- Section C is 6.5 miles long. It begins at Anthony Road in Guilford County and ends at U.S. 220 in Guilford County.
News and Updates
NCDOT held two Citizens Informational Workshops in April 2012 to discuss the project with the public. One was held in Stokesdale; the other in Walkertown. The same information was shared at both meetings.
Department representatives explained why the widening is needed and used maps to show the areas where it could occur. They also showed the public potential study corridors for the Stokesdale Bypass (Section C).
Citizens had the opportunity to ask questions and share their comments with NCDOT. Click here to read the brochure the department provided to workshop participants.
NCDOT will include the information learned at the workshop in the environmental work it completes for the project.
Project Overview and Purpose
The purpose of the project is to improve motorist safety and help traffic flow more efficiently along this nearly 20-mile section of U.S. 158.
The route has a high percentage of truck traffic and a high crash rate. Currently, as many as 23,000 vehicles travel on this section of the highway each day. That number is projected to increase to as many as 57,000 vehicles per day in 2035. The road was not designed to accommodate such high traffic levels.
By widening Sections A and B to a four-lane divided highway, NCDOT can help reduce crashes and alleviate congestion. Section C would construct a bypass around Stokesdale, since NCDOT cannot widen U.S. 158 there without significantly impacting the central business district.
NCDOT expects to complete the Environmental Assessment for the project in April 2014. The following year, the department will develop roadway designs for Sections A and B, and design options for Section C. The final environmental document – the Finding of No Significant Impact – is scheduled to be complete in April 2016.
Section A is slated to begin right-of-way acquisition in fiscal year 2018 and go to construction after 2020. NCDOT is not scheduled to start purchasing property or begin construction on Sections B and C until after 2020.
Resources for Local Property Owners
In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.