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Winston Salem Northern Beltway Project Map

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Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Construction
  • County: Forsyth
  • Type of Project: Multi-lane freeway on new location
  • STIP Number: U-2579, R-2247
  • Estimated Cost: $1.417 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.

It will promote economic development and growth by increasing accessibility to local businesses and future business sites and improving freight movement through the Piedmont Triad region of NC.

There are currently about 100,000 vehicles and trucks traveling through the area every day.

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 consists of two sections:

  • The western section is from U.S. 158 to U.S. 52 (STIP# R-2247). Total cost is $499,158,000.
  • The eastern section is from U.S. 52 to U.S. 311 (STIP# U-2579). Total cost is $918,244,000.

Bids for the FIRST section of the loop from US 421/Business 40 to US 158 were opened on October 21, 2014. The availability date for the $154 million project was December 1, 2014 with a completion date of November 1, 2018.

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

January 12, 2013

Construction began on STIP project U-2579, which has seven (7) sections. Section U-2579B, which is between U.S. 158 and I-40 Business, is the section being worked on and scheduled to be completed by December 2018.

March 18, 2014

A meeting was held to review public comments from the public hearing on June 25, 2013, and the written comments received during the 30 day comment period after the meeting. Below is a summary of the post-hearing meeting, including responses to public comments.

Post-Hearing Meeting Summary

Maps displaying the design of the project in the area where the corridor has been revised were available for public review during the hearing comment period at the Forsyth County Courthouse, Winston-Salem City Hall, Lewisville Town Hall, and NCDOT Division 9 office.

June 25, 2013

NCDOT held an open house and Transportation Corridor Official Map Act public hearing (Corridor Protection) to present an updated map for a portion of the western section of the proposed beltway (Project R-2247) from U.S. 421 to Robinhood Road, and at the beltway interchange with Bethania-Tobaccoville Road. The original map for the western section was presented in a public hearing in 1996 and filed on Oct. 6, 1997. Three changes to the Official Map for Project R-2247 are proposed:

  • The interchange of the beltway with Bethania-Tobaccoville Road has been redesigned to avoid impacts to a historic property.
  • Following the previous Corridor Protection Public Hearing, the section of the beltway from US 421 to Robinhood Road was not protected by the Transportation Corridor Official Map Act, because right-of-way acquisition was already underway in that area.
  • A previously proposed access road from Tilmark Drive to Peace Haven Road has been removed.

The changes are described in more detail in these documents:

June 2013 Newsletter | En Espanol

June 2013 Public Hearing Handout | En Espanol  (includes a map showing the locations of the changes)

Area Maps

Additional Resources

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) 707-6253
  • Address: 1582 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1582

Derrick Weaver
Project Engineer, NCDOT
For Environmental Study Questions

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone: 919-707-6049
  • Address: 1548 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1548

Mr. Pat Ivey, PE
Division 9 Engineer, NCDOT

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone: (336) 747-7800
  • 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.