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Winston Salem Northern Beltway Project Map

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Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Forsyth
  • Type of Project: Multi-lane freeway on new location
  • STIP Number: U-2579, R-2247
  • Estimated Cost: $1,080 Million
  • Property Acquisition Start: 2012
  • Construction Start Date: 2015
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The Winston-Salem Northern Beltway is a multi-lane freeway that will loop around the northern part of Winston-Salem. By building this road, NCDOT will help alleviate congestion and enhance safety along heavily traveled routes such as U.S. 421/Business 40 and U.S. 52 in Forsyth County.

The project begins at U.S. 158 southwest of Winston-Salem and ends at U.S. 311 southeast of the city. The total length of the project is 34.2 miles. Environmental studies for the project are complete, and design work, right of way acquisition and construction on some portions of the beltway are currently under way.

The Beltway is made up of two sections:

  • The portion from U.S. 158 to U.S. 52 is known as the "western section," or State Transportation Improvement Program project R-2247; and
  • The section from U.S. 52 to U.S. 311 is known as the "eastern section," or STIP project U-2579. When it is complete, this section will become I-74.

Based on NCDOT’s Urban Loop Acceleration Plan, the department is speeding up the purchase of property and the start of construction for a portion of the eastern section that stretches from U.S. 421/Business 40 to U.S. 158. This portion was previously unfunded and had no set schedules. The plan allowed right-of-way acquisition to begin in 2012 and construction to start in 2015. The accelerated schedule is made possible by Grant Anticipation Revenue, or GARVEE, bonds, which allow NCDOT to borrow against future federal funding.

News and Updates

NCDOT to Hold a Public Hearing June 25, 2013

On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, NCDOT will hold a pre-hearing open house and Transportation Corridor Official Map Act public hearing in the auditorium of West Forsyth High School, located at 1735 Lewisville Clemmons Road in Clemmons. The open house is scheduled for 4-6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a formal hearing at 7 p.m.

The purpose of the hearing is to present an updated Transportation Corridor Official Map for a portion of the western section of the proposed beltway, from U.S. 421 to Robinhood Road and the beltway interchange with Bethania-Tobaccoville Road. The original Transportation Corridor Official Map for the western section was presented in a public hearing in 1996 and filed on Oct. 6, 1997.

Additional details are available in the June 2013 Newsletter  En Espanol.

Maps displaying the design of the project in the areas where the corridor has been revised are available
for public review at:

NCDOT Division 9 Office
375 Silas Creek Parkway,
Forsyth County Courthouse
200 N. Main Street,
Winston-Salem City Hall South
100 East First Street,
Room 307,
Lewisville Town Hall
6510 Shallowford Road,

The maps are also available at the links below:

FAQ section

Project Overview and Purpose

The purpose for building the entire Beltway includes:

  • Improving roadway connectivity in eastern and western Forsyth County;
  • Providing congestion relief for area roadways;
  • Expanding options for regional/intrastate/interstate travel;
  • Helping meet the state and local land use and transportation plans; and
  • Helping fulfill the Highway Trust Fund Act.

Eastern Section (TIP Projects U-2579 & U2579A)

Constructing this section of the Beltway will meet these key points:

  • Improving intrastate and interstate mobility;
  • Improving roadway system linkage and continuity;
  • Reducing traffic congestion and carrying future traffic at a desirable level of service;
  • Enhancing safety; and
  • Providing a corridor for I-74 (a congressionally designated High Priority Corridor on the National Highway System).

Western Section (TIP Project R-2247)

Constructing this section of the Beltway will meet these key points:

  • Improving north/south connectivity in western Forsyth County;
  • Providing improved direct connections to U.S. 52, U.S. 421 and I-40; and
  • Providing congestion relief for area roadways.
  • Project History

Project Highlights

Judge Rules in Favor of NCDOT in Winston-Salem Beltway Lawsuit

Eastern Section Corridor Now Protected

On Nov. 26, 2008, a corridor protection map for the eastern section of the Beltway (from U.S. 52 to U.S. 311) went into effect. Building is now restricted in the corridor in accordance with North Carolina General Statute 136-44, Article 2E. To view the Transportation Corridor Official Map, which shows the protected corridor, see the project map below.

On Sept. 15, 2008, a letter was sent to property owners in the U-2579B project area to announce delays in the right-of-way acquisition for the project because of the 2008 lawsuit. Click here to see that letter.


Workshops & Handouts

Environmental Documents

The Record of Decision (ROD) marks the conclusion of the project's environmental studies and responds to comments regarding the Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement/Final Environmental Impact Statement (SFEIS/FEIS). The ROD was approved in February 2008.

Below, you will find the January 2007 Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement for Project R-2247, as well as the Final Environmental Impact Statement for projects U-2579 and U-2579A. To request a CD, please click here.

Below, you will find the 2004 Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement for Project R-2247, as well as the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Project U-2579 & U-2579A.

Below, you will find the 2004 Combined Environmental Public Hearing Maps for TIP projects R-2247, U-2579 and U-2579A.

Contact Information

Mr. Tony Houser, PE
Project Engineer, NCDOT
For Property Impact Questions

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone: (919) 707-6523
  • Address: 1582 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1582

Ms. Missy Pair, PE
Project Engineer, NCDOT
For Environmental Study Questions

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone: (919) 707-6005
  • Address: 1548 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1548

Mr. Pat Ivey, PE
Division 9 Engineer, NCDOT

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone: (336) 703-6500
  • Address: 375 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston Salem, NC 27127

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.