Winston-Salem - Drivers in Winston-Salem are a step closer to a getting an improved and safer stretch of Business 40 through the City. The Department of Transportation has awarded a $99.2 million contract to reconstruct and streamline a 1.2-mile section of I-40 Business/U.S. 421 between west of Fourth Street and east of Church Street, and to construct portions of a multi-use path between Lockland Avenue to Liberty Street.
"Never before in the history of the State of North Carolina has Business 40 been closed in both directions for a highway project, and never before has our community so greatly needed work like this to take place," said Division 9 Engineer Pat Ivey.
Construction for the Peters Creek Parkway section may begin as early as the summer of 2017 and is anticipated to be completed by the winter of 2018. The main impact of the project, the full closure of Business 40, is expected to start in late 2018/early 2019, after the Peters Creek Parkway section is open to traffic. It is expected to be closed up to two years.
The project improvements will include:
Upgrading the entrance and exit ramps that remain; eliminating some entrance and exit ramps such as those at the Broad Street interchange; and lengthening some entrance and exit ramps, including those at Marshall and Cherry Streets;
- Replacing the bridges on and over Business 40 with new structures that will meet current and future traffic demands;
- Removing the existing Business 40 pavement and replacing it with new pavement; and
- Aesthetic enhancements to the roadway and some of the bridges.
Major highway improvement projects like this are underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Vision for Transportation in North Carolina. Its goal is to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.
The contract for the Business 40 Improvement Project was awarded to a team comprised of Flatiron Constructors, Inc. / Blythe Development Company Joint Venture and HDR Engineering Inc. This Design-Build Team They will develop the design, purchase the right of way, obtain the proper permitting, coordinate the utility relocations, and construct the project, all under a single contract. Initial work will focus on the engineering and design of the project, with construction beginning after issuance of the environmental permits. Allowing the design and construction to overlap expedites construction, enhances innovation and constructability, and may reduce costs.
More information can be found on the project website, which will be updated through the construction. A digital newsletter will be distributed, and can be subscribed to online. Project updates will be also be sent via the NCDOT Twitter feed using the hash tag #Biz40NC. Project-related photos can be viewed on Flickr.