WINSTON-SALEM-TheN.C. Department of Transportationreached a milestone in selecting a preferred alternative for much-needed renovations to begin on U.S. 421/Business 40. On Friday Oct. 3, The N.C. Department of Transportation selected Alternative 4 -Cherry/Marshall as the preferred alternative.
"We're excited to announce the selection of the Cherry/Marshall Alternative as the Preferred Alternative for the Business 40 Project," said NCDOT Division Engineer Pat Ivey. "This will allow The Department and the City of Winston-Salem to finalize the project in preparation of construction in 2016.'"
The Cherry/Marshall Alternative provides for a full interchange at Peters Creek Parkway, a full interchange at Cherry/Marshall (via two partial interchanges acting as a full interchange) and partial interchange at Main Street.
In addition to the improvements at Peters Creek Parkway, theBusiness 40 Improvement Projectwill overhaul U.S. 421/Business 40 from west of Fourth Street to east of Church Street in downtown Winston-Salem.The work includes removing and replacing the pavement, replacing 10 bridges and improving ramps.The project will create a safer, longer lasting road that helps drivers get where they need to go more efficiently.
Initially scheduled to begin construction in 2018, the NCDOT last year advanced the schedule by twoyears,allowing for construction to start in 2016. The Department was able to do that by combining the Business 40 Improvement Project with a separate project to replace and widen the Peters Creek Parkway bridge over U.S. 421/Business 40, enhance the ramps at the interchange and widen Peters Creek Parkway from the interchange to First Street. The two projects are now a single design-build project.
The design-build method of construction allows NCDOT to award a contract to a team of designers and contractors simultaneously to design and construct a project to expedite its completion. This provides a number of benefits, including:
Allowing one design-build team to work on improvements to both U.S. 421/Business 40 and Peters Creek Parkway. This will ensure better coordination and more flexibility, resulting in a higher quality project;
Completing the project an estimated year earlier than originally anticipated;
Saving money; and
Reducing the impact to drivers. Merging the projects will shorten the amount of time motorists will have to follow detour routes and pass through orange barrels.
Once construction is begins in 2016, it is expected to take four to five years to complete. Within that timeframe, NCDOT will completely close 1.1 miles of U.S. 421/Business 40 for up to two years. The department is currently working on building new detour routes such as theSalem Creek Connectorand improving existing ones such as U.S. 52 and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in preparation.
The department is also continuing to partner with citizenworking groupsto focus on key facets of the project.
For more information, contact Michael Penney, Project Planning Engineer, NCDOT-Project Development and Environmental Analysis Unit, at (919) 707-6006 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or by regular mail at 1548 Mail Service Center, Raleigh 27699-1548.