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NCDOT to Restore Speed Limit to 55 mph on U.S. 52 in Winston-Salem Tonight

Lowered to 45 mph during construction period to promote safety

RALEIGH Motorists will see crews posting new speed limit signs along U.S. 52 at Liberty Street and between U.S. 421/Business 40 and Akron Drive in Winston-Salem tonight. The N.C. Department of Transportation is removing the 45 mile per hour speed limit put in place when construction started on two major projects along U.S. 52 and reinstating the original 55 mph speed limit.

NCDOT lowered the speed limit to improve safety for motorists traveling through the active work zones, as well as the crews working near traffic. The department is now restoring the 55 mph speed limit, because the majority of the work on both projects is nearly complete.

The U.S. 52 Bridge Replacement Project is slated to be finished in mid-May. Traffic is currently flowing across the new U.S. 52 North and South bridges over Liberty Street and the Norfolk Southern Railroad Switching Yard. Crews have removed the old bridge and the temporary bridge built to accommodate traffic while construction was under way. Once they finish striping work, the $19 million project will be complete.

Crews are set to finish the $13.1 million U.S. 52 Improvement Project in June. They have already streamlined traffic flow on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive; closed the Third, Fourth and Fifth Street entrance and exit ramps; removed the Greyhound Court bridge and improved the ramps at the intersection with Akron Drive. Crews are in the process of adding an acceleration lane between U.S. 52 and U.S. 421/Business 40 to reduce the potential for crashes and help drivers travel through the area more efficiently.

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2/19/2018 7:50 AM

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