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Traffic Alert: Work on Salem Creek Connector Project to Close Portion of Salem Avenue

Winston-Salem - N.C. Department of Transportation contractors must close a section of Salem Avenue adjacent to the intersection of City Yard Drive as crews work to connect the roadway with a newly constructed roundabout.

The new traffic pattern is part of work that is taking place along the Salem Creek Connector Project. The construction of the Salem Creek Connector includes:

  • Constructing a new four-lane road with a median from Martin Luther King Jr. Drive south of Winston-Salem State University to Rams Drive at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter;

  • Building 11 bridges mainly over parts of Salem Creek and U.S. 52;

  • Constructing a new diverging diamond interchange at U.S. 52;

  • Removing the current U.S. 52 interchange ramps at Rams Drive and Vargrave Street. The bridges will remain in place;

  • Realigning multiple side roads and intersections, including Diggs Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive; and Diggs Avenue and Vargrave Street; and

  • Building a roundabout at Salem Avenue and City Yard Drive.

This closure will start at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sep. 6, and is expected to end by Thursday, Oct. 20. "The overall completion of the entire project will be in May of 2017," said Division Nine Resident Engineer Jeremy Guy. "Projects like this one are currently underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Transportation Vision to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities," said Division Nine Engineer Pat Ivey.

Motorists traveling South of Salem Avenue will detour around the closure using Old Salem Road and Cemetery Street. Drivers traveling North of Salem Avenue will detour from Cemetery Street to Old Salem Road. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

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4/16/2018 4:30 PM