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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--- Winston-Salem City Planners are giving people along Martin Luther King, Junior Drive a final look at plans to improve the roadway. 

After more than a year of planning, the city is proposing to add new landscaping, lighting, sidewalks, art, historical markers and decorative fencing.

The improvements are being proposed as the N.C.D.O.T. continues improvements along Business I-40 and U.S. 52.

Lane changes and road widening mean exit ramps like Third and Fifth street are now closed, increasing traffic on M.L.K., Junior Drive. 

City Planner Greg Errett Says, "the whole area will become a gateway for the entire East Winston Community."

Federal rehabilitation funds are earmarked for 80% of the project, the city and private developers are expected to contribute the rest.

"We think improving the visual quality in the corridor will help bring business into the area, make it more attractive and make it a destination for the community," says Errett.

City Council is expected to get the final plans later this winter.  If approved, construction should begin on the rehabilitation by this fall.