The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to make the drive between Winston-Salem and Thomasville safer, easier and more efficient. NCDOT plans to improve N.C. 109 between Old Greensboro Road in Davidson County and I-40/U.S. 311 in Forsyth County. Those plans include widening the existing highway and adding new roadway.
Currently, this section of N.C. 109 carries as many as 19,000 vehicles per day. In 2035, that figure is estimated to increase to 30,000 vehicles per day. By improving the highway, NCDOT will help reduce accidents and congestion.
News and Updates
NCDOT, along with federal, state and local officials, selected Corridor Alternative 6 as the preferred route for the N.C. 109 Improvements Project in Davidson and Forsyth counties. This route is shown on the following map:
The officials made their decision after carefully reviewing the environmental impacts associated with each of the five corridor options under consideration, as well as comments received from citizens at two public hearings in January.
Corridor Alternative 6 will involve widening parts of the existing road and building sections of new roadway to create a 10-mile, four-lane highway with a median. The work will enhance motorist safety and help traffic in a growing area move more efficiently between Thomasville and Winston-Salem.
NCDOT is continuing to refine the project’s design to avoid and minimize impacts to the environment, as well as neighborhoods and businesses.
The department established the five corridor options in a document called a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, or Draft EIS. Click on the links below to download it.
The Draft EIS is a tool for decision-making that describes the impacts of a project to residents, communities, businesses, farmland, historic resources, protected species, noise and air quality, wetlands, water quality and utilities, among others.
NCDOT will document selection of Corridor Alternative 6 in a Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS). The department anticipates publishing the Final EIS in early 2015.
In accordance with the recent implementation of the Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) Law (House Bill 817), NCDOT conducted a statewide project prioritization to determine how available funding will be distributed. Based on the results of this effort, the NC 109 project did not score well enough to be included in the draft 10-year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), even though it was supported with local input points from the High Point and Winston-Salem Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) and Division 9. The Project Development team will proceed with approval of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the project; however, approval of the Record of Decision will not be requested from FHWA until the project is funded. The NC 109 project will be reevaluated during the next prioritization cycle, which begins in the fall of 2015. Questions regarding the NC 109 improvement project may be directed to the NCDOT Project Development team, Division 9 or the High Point and Winston-Salem MPOs.
Unique Intersection Adjustments
As part of the project, NCDOT plans to change some of the current intersections along N.C. 109 to what are called “superstreets.” They are a safer solution that work better and can be less expensive, too. They will also allow N.C. 109 to carry more traffic in future years.
Right now, motorists can turn left, go straight or turn right at the intersections along N.C. 109. The superstreet concept would eliminate the option for drivers on side streets to go straight across N.C. 109 or turn left onto N.C. 109. Instead, motorists would turn right onto N.C. 109, get into the left lane and make a legal U-turn at an opening in the median about one-quarter of a mile from the intersection.
By eliminating left turns, superstreets reduce the number of opportunities for cars traveling in different directions to potentially collide. Considering accident reports show N.C. 109 has higher crash rates than other roads of its size, these proposed changes would improve motorist safety.
Superstreets are also less expensive than traditional intersections, because they eliminate the need for some traffic signals. In addition, they would allow N.C. 109 to carry more traffic more efficiently than it does currently.
For more information about superstreets, click here.
NCDOT will work closely with other federal, state and local agencies at key decision-making points in the development of this project. For more information, see the Full Agency Coordination Document.
The improvements to N.C. 109 will involve state and federal funds. Therefore, the project must comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). For details, see the Full Study Process Document.
Michael Wray, P.E.
Project Planning Engineer, Central Unit
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- Phone: (919) 707-6050
- Address: 1548 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1548
Pat Ivey, P.E.
Division Engineer, Highway Division 9
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- Phone: (336) 747-7800
- Address: 375 Silas Creek, Winston Salem, NC 27127
High Point MPO
Transportation Planning Administrator
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- Phone: (336) 883-3310
- Address: P.O. Box 230, High Point, NC 27262
Greg Errett, AICP
Transportation Planning Manager
- Email: GREGE@cityofws.org
- Phone: (336) 747-6871
- Address: 101 N. Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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.