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Winston Salem Northern Beltway Project Map

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Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Construction
  • County: Forsyth
  • Type of Project: Multi-lane freeway on new location
  • STIP Number: U-2579, R-2247
  • Estimated Cost: $1.74 Billion
Winston-Salem Northern Beltway Logo

Project Overview and Purpose

The N.C. Department of Transportation is building a multi-lane freeway that loops around the northern part of Winston-Salem.

The 34.5-mile Winston-Salem Northern Beltway will begin at U.S. 158 southwest of Winston-Salem and end at I-74/U.S. 311 southeast of the city.

About 100,000 vehicles and trucks travel through the area every day, which is more traffic than the roadways in the area are designed to handle. The Winston-Salem Northern Beltway will help alleviate congestion and improve safety along heavily traveled routes in Forsyth County, including U.S. 421/Business 40 and U.S. 52.

Project Highlights

The Winston-Salem Northern Beltway is divided into two parts – the Eastern Loop and the Western Loop – that are identified by the numbers assigned to them in the current State Transportation Improvement Program, the N.C. Department of Transportation's 10-year plan that identifies the funding for transportation projects throughout the state and when they are scheduled for construction.

Eastern Loop

Part of the future I-74 corridor, the 17.1-mile Eastern Loop (identified as U-2579), runs from U.S. 52 to I-74/U.S. 311. For construction purposes, it is divided into eight sections, each of which are in various stages, as shown in the following table.

Section Location Project Status* Map Link
AA I-74/U.S. 311 to I-40 Right of way - 2018
Construction - 2020
Map 1
AB I-40 to U.S. 421/Business 40 Right of way - 2018
Construction - 2020
Map 1
Map 2
B U.S. 421/Business 40 to U.S. 158 Under construction Map
C U.S. 158 to U.S. 311 Right of way - underway
Construction - 2018
Map
D, E, F U.S. 311 to University Parkway Right of way - 2018
Construction - 2018
Section D map
Section E map
Section F map
G Hastings Hill Road bridge over U.S.
421/Business 40
Complete NA

*Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Western Loop

The 17.4-mile Western Loop (identified as R-2247) runs from U.S. 158 (Stratford Road) to U.S. 52. For construction purposes, it is divided into 10 sections, each of which are in various stages, as shown in the following table.

Section Location Project Status* Map Link
CC Two bridge replacements over Muddy Creek NA (project complete) NA
CD Upgrade of the Peace Haven Road/U.S. 421 interchange and the roads leading to it (within limits of Section CA) Under Construction Map
EC Construction of interchange at U.S. 52 at N.C. 65 Under construction Map
EB Construction of interchange at U.S. 52 and Winston-Salem Northern Beltway Right of way - 2018
Construction - 2018
Map
A U.S. 158 westward to south of I-40 Unfunded Map
B South of I-40 to south of U.S. 421 interchange Right of way - 2027
Construction - 2027
Map
CA South of U.S. 421 interchange to north of U.S. 421 interchange Right of way - 2027
Construction - 2027
Map
CB North of U.S. 421 interchange to Robinhood Road Right of way - 2025
Construction - 2025
Map
D North of Meadowlark Drive/Robinhood Road to N.C. 67 Right of way - 2023
Construction - 2023
Map
EA N.C. 67 to south of U.S. 52 Right of way - 2021
Construction - 2021
Map
F Deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems (e.g., traffic signals, traffic cameras) Unfunded NA

*Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project History

Corridor Protection Maps Rescinded

In July 2016, the N.C. General Assembly rescinded corridor protection maps for the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway’s Western Loop (U. S. 158 to U.S. 52), which went into effect Oct. 6, 1997, and Eastern Loop (from U.S. 52 to U.S. 311), which went into effect Nov. 26, 2008.

A protected corridor limits certain types of development in a corridor that includes land NCDOT anticipates it will need to build a road. Building is restricted in the corridor in accordance with Transportation Corridor Official Map Act.

Updated Designs Presented

On Oct. 27, 2015, the N.C. Department of Transportation presented updated designs for the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway for the U.S. 52 interchange at Bethania-Rural Hall Road and the surrounding area in Rural Hall.

Western Loop Corridor Map Update Proposed

On June 25, 2013, NCDOT presented a proposed revised map for a portion of the Western Loop from U.S. 421 to Robinhood Road, and at the Beltway interchange with Bethania- Tobaccoville Road. The revised map included three changes:

  • The interchange of the beltway with Bethania-Tobaccoville Road was redesigned to avoid impacts to a historic property.
  • Following a corridor protection public hearing, the section of the Beltway from U.S. 421 to Robinhood Road was not protected by the Transportation Corridor Official Map Act, because right of way acquisition was already underway in that area at the time. This area was proposed for corridor protection.
  • A previously proposed access road from Tilmark Drive to Peace Haven Road was removed.

NCDOT subsequently decided not to adopt or file the proposed revised map.

Legal Challenges

On May 20, 2010, a U.S. District judge dismissed two lawsuits – filed in 1999 and 2008 – against proposed plans for the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway, allowing NCDOT to move forward with buying right of way and construction.

Project Cost

The Winston-Salem Northern Beltway is identified as two projects in the N.C. Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program and is funded for a total of $1.74 billion.

  • The Eastern Loop (identified as U-2579) is funded for $1.067 billion.
  • The Western Loop (identified as R-2247), is funded for approximately $673 million.

Project Documents

October 2015 Public Hearing Map

June 2013 Public Hearing Maps

Environmental Documents

Record of Decision

Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement (January 2007)

Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement (2004)

Combined Environmental Public Hearing Maps (2004)

Contact Information

For property impact questions:
Tatia L. White, P.E.
NCDOT Project Design Engineer
Send a message
(919) 707-6200
1582 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1548

Pat Ivey, P.E.
NCDOT Division 9 Engineer
Send a message
(336) 747-7800
375 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston Salem, NC 27127

Resources for Local Property Owners

Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.