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NCDOT to Permanently Close Fifth Street Entrance Ramp to U.S. 52 North in Winston-Salem Monday

Will improve driver safety and help traffic flow more efficiently

RALEIGH -The N.C. Department of Transportation will permanently close the entrance ramp from Fifth Street onto U.S. 52 North in Winston-Salem on Monday, Feb. 18, at 9 a.m., after rush hour traffic subsides. The closure is part of an effort to streamline traffic flow on the highway, which will help improve motorist safety and reduce congestion.

NCDOT already has permanently closed the other entrance and exit ramps at Third, Fourth and Fifth streets and U.S. 52 South, as well as the exit ramp from U.S. 52 North onto Third Street.

The closures are allowing crews to construct an additional lane on U.S. 52 in each direction from U.S. 421/Business 40 to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Eliminating the ramps and adding a new acceleration lane will help alleviate traffic delays and reduce crashes on the highway, which carries 80,000-90,000 vehicles a day.

This closure is part of the U.S. 52 Improvement Project, which includes streamlining and repaving one-half mile of U.S. 52 from U.S. 421/Business 40 to Akron Drive and improving part of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Winston-Salem. The $13.1 million project is scheduled to be complete early summer.

The department urges motorists to "know before you go" about traffic conditions around U.S. 52. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ncdot_triad.

Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone and bookmark it for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

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2/19/2018 7:51 AM

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