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Winston Salem Northern Beltway Project Map

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Area Map U.S. 158 to south of U.S. 421 (1.25 MB)

Area Map at U.S. 421 (1.25 MB)

Area Map north of US 421 to Robinhood Road (1.25 MB)

Area Map west of Bethania-Tobaccoville Road to Berhania Rural Hall Road (1.25 MB)

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: $1.417 Billion
  • Property Acquisition Start: 2012
  • Construction Start Date: 2015
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Project History and Resources

Winston-Salem Northern Beltway Logo


The North Carolina Department of Transportation is building a multi-lane freeway that loops around the northern part of Winston-Salem. The project begins at U.S. 158 southwest of Winston-Salem and ends at I-74/U.S. 311 southeast of the city. The total length of the project is 34.2 miles.

News and Updates

Oct. 27, 2015: NCDOT held a public meeting to present updated designs for the U.S. 52 interchange at Bethania-Rural Hall Road and the surrounding area in Rural Hall. (View the public meeting map and handout.)

2015: Environmental studies for the project have been completed. Design work, right of way acquisition and construction on some portions of the beltway are currently under way.

Project Overview and Purpose

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 purpose of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway project is to help alleviate congestion and enhance safety along heavily traveled routes such as U.S. 421/Business 40 and U.S. 52 in Forsyth County

Project Highlights

The Winston-Salem Northern Beltway consists of two sections:

Eastern Section (U-2579, U-2579A)

Location: U.S. 52 to I-74/U.S. 311

Constructing this section of the will meet these goals:

  • Improve mobility within and outside the state
  • Improve connectivity and continuity in the area
  • Reduce traffic congestion and keep future traffic at manageable levels
  • Enhance safety
  • Provide a corridor for I-74/U.S. 311 (a congressionally designated High Priority Corridor on the National Highway System)

Western Section (R-2247)

Location: U.S. 158 to U.S. 52

Constructing this section of the Beltway will meet these goals:

  • Improve north/south connectivity in western Forsyth County;
  • Provide improved direct connections to U.S. 52, U.S. 421 and I-40
  • Provide congestion relief for area roadways

Contact Information

For property impact questions:
Bruce Payne, P.E.
NCDOT Project Engineer
Send a message
(919) 707-6302
1582 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1582

For environmental study questions:
Derrick Weaver
NCDOT Project Engineer
Send a message
(919) 707-6601
1548 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

In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.