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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
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Project History and Resources

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 34.2-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.

Project Highlights

The project 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) of the beltway 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 – which begins at U.S. 421/Business 40 and ends at U.S. 158 – is currently under construction.
  • Section C will begin at U.S. 158 and continue to U.S. 311.
  • Sections D, E, and F – which will begin at U.S. 311 and end at University Parkway – are combined into a single contract.
  • Section G involved building the Hastings Hill Road Bridge over U.S. 421/Business 40 and is already completed.

The Western Loop (identified as R-2247) of the beltway runs from U.S. 158 to U.S. 52 and is divided into nine sections:

Three interchanges on the Western Loop are funded in NCDOT’s 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Plan:

  • U.S. 421 at Peacehaven Road
  • U.S. 52 at N.C. 65
  • U.S. 52 and the beltway

The section of the Western Loop from U.S. 52 to N.C. 67 is anticipated to be funded in the department’s next 10-year plan, the draft of which will be released in January 2017.

Project History

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 Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Construction begins on Section B of the Eastern Loop December 2014
Right of way acquisition for Section C of the Eastern Loop In progress
Contract awarded for Sections CD and EC of the Western Loop November 2016
Contract awarded for Section C of the Eastern Loop October 2017
Contract awarded for Section AB of the Eastern Loop April 2018
Right of way acquisition begins for Section AA of the Eastern Loop June 2018
Contract awarded for Section EB of the Western Loop July 2018
Contract awarded for Sections D, E and F of the Eastern Loop February 2018
Construction complete for Section B of the Eastern Loop April 2019
Construction begins for Section AA of the Eastern Loop 2020

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Contact Information

For property impact questions:
Bruce Payne
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
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.