Lowered to 45 mph during construction period
to promote safety
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
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
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