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 34.2-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 enhance safety along heavily traveled routes in Forsyth County, including U.S. 421/Business 40 and U.S. 52.
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 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.
The Eastern Loop (identified as U-2579) ), which is part of the future I-74 corridor, runs from U.S. 52 to I-74/U.S. 311 and is divided into eight sections for construction:
- Section AA will begin at I-74/U.S. 311 and end at I-40.
- Section AB will begin at I-40 and end at U.S. 421/Business 40.
- Section B, currently under construction, begins at U.S. 421/Business 40 and ends at U.S. 158.
- Section C, currently in right-of-way acquisition, will begin at U.S. 158 and continue to U.S. 311.
- Sections D, E, and F, combined into a single contract, will begin at U.S. 311 and end at University Parkway.
- Section G, which is complete, involved building the Hastings Hill Road Bridge over U.S. 421/Business 40.
The Western Loop (identified as R-2247) runs from U.S. 158 (Stratford Road) to U.S. 52 and is divided into 10 sections for construction.
Section CC is complete and involved replacing two bridges over Muddy Creek.
Three sections are currently funded in the State Transportation Improvement Program:
- Section CD is within the limits of Section CA (see below) and involves upgrading the Peace Haven Road/U.S. 421 interchanges and the roadways leading up to the interchange.
- Section EC involves building an interchange at U.S. 52 at N.C. 65.
- Section EB involves building an interchange at U.S. 52 and the beltway.
Seven sections of the Western Loop are unfunded for construction in NCDOT's current 10-year plan:
- Section A will begin at U.S. 158 and end south of I-40.
- Section B will begin south of I-40 and end south of U.S. 421 Interchange.
- Section CA will begin south of the U. S. 421 interchange and end north of it.
- Section CB will begin north of the U.S. 421 interchange and ends at Robinhood Road.
- Section D begins north of Meadowlark Drive/Robinhood Road and ends N.C. 67.
- Section EA begins at N.C. 67 and ends south of U.S. 52 design-build project.
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
A corridor protection map for the western section of the Beltway (from U. S. 158 to U.S. 52) went into effect on Oct. 6, 1997, but was rescinded by the N.C. General Assembly in July 2016. 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.
On June 25, 2013, NCDOT presented a proposed map amendment for a portion of the western loop from U.S. 421 to Robinhood Road, and at the beltway interchange with Bethania-Tobaccoville Road. Three changes to the official map for the Western Loop were proposed:
- The interchange of the beltway with Bethania-Tobaccoville Road was redesigned to avoid impacts to a historic property.
- Following the previous 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.
The NCDOT subsequently elected to not adopt or file the proposed corridor map amendment.
On May 20, 2010, a judge dismissed two lawsuits – one filed in 1999 and another filed in 2008 – against the proposed plans for the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway.
Eastern Loop Corridor Protection Map
A corridor protection map for the eastern loop of the Beltway (from U.S. 52 to U.S. 311) went into effect on Nov. 26, 2008, but was rescinded by the N.C. General Assembly in July 2016.
|Construction begins on Section B of the Eastern Loop
|Right of way acquisition for Section C of the Eastern Loop
|Contract awarded for Sections CD and EC of the Western Loop
|Contract awarded for Section C of the Eastern Loop
|Contract awarded for Section AB of the Eastern Loop
|Right of way acquisition begins for Section AA of the Eastern Loop
|Contract awarded for Section EB of the Western Loop
|Contract awarded for Sections D, E and F of the Eastern Loop
|Construction complete for Section B of the Eastern Loop
|Construction begins for Section AA of the Eastern Loop
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
Workshops and Handouts
Record of Decision
Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement (January 2007)
Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement (2004)
Combined Environmental Public Hearing Maps (2004)
For property impact questions:
Tatia L. White, P.E.
NCDOT Project Design Engineer
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1582 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1548
For environmental study questions:
Project Planning Engineer
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1548 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1548
Pat Ivey, P.E.
NCDOT Division 9 Engineer
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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.