Work is about to pick up speed on the Winstead Avenue widening project in Rocky Mount. Starting this weekend, motorists will notice new traffic patterns that will enable crews to work in the northbound lanes of the bridges over U.S. 64 and Stoney Creek.Beginning the morning of Sunday, June 2, N.C. Department of Transportation crews will shift traffic into the new southbound lanes of Winstead Avenue from Sunset Avenue to the new southbound side of the bridge over U.S. 64. Traffic will be in a three lane traffic pattern, with one lane heading north, one south and a center turn lane. The shift is expected to be in place by noon and will remain in effect through the summer. By shifting traffic into the new southbound lanes of Winstead Avenue, crews will be able to speed up progress on the northbound side of the U.S. 64 and Stoney Creek bridges. Work includes cutting off the outside barrier rail, constructing sidewalks and resurfacing travel lanes so the northbound sides of these bridges will match the newly constructed southbound sides. By separating work crews from travel lanes, this shift will create a safer work zone not only for crews working, but for traffic traveling through the area.To allow crews to cut off the outside barrier rail of the bridge over U.S. 64, NCDOT will close U.S. 64 at Winstead Avenue overnight several nights next week. U.S. 64 East will be closed at 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, until 5 a.m. Wednesday, June 5. Traffic will be detoured onto the ramp for the Winstead Avenue exit, across Winstead Avenue and then down the on-ramp back to U.S. 64 East. U.S. 64 West will be closed at 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, until 5 a.m. Thursday, June 6. Traffic will be detoured onto U.S. 64 Alternate to Sunset Avenue to Winstead Avenue, back to U.S. 64 West. This work is part of a project to widen Winstead Avenue to four lanes with a median from south of Hunter Hill Road to U.S. 64, and to six lanes with a median from U.S. 64 to Sunset Avenue. A $13.9 million contract was awarded in July 2011 to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro for the project. The project is currently scheduled to be complete this fall, weather permitting. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. 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. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.