Business I-40/Highway 421 in Kernersville to get major makeover

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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. --  The NC Department of Public Transportation said drivers need to be aware that two years of construction and big changes are coming to Business I-40/Highway 421 between Macy Grove Road and Highway 66, as they make improvements to alleviate congestion and accommodate growth in the area.

Beginning in July, crews will begin work on widening Business I-40 and straightening the curve just east of Highway 66.

The bridge carrying Macy Grove Road over the highway will also be taken down and a new 6 lane bridge and interchange with Business I-40 will be built there.

Once that is finished, the Colfax exit in the east bound lanes of the interstate will also be closed and removed, as will the on-ramp from Mountain Street onto Bus. I-40 West.

Wright Archer, an NC DOT Engineer, says the changes are necessary "to alleviate that congestion especially at rush hour. The area is developing and growing and we are getting more congestion through here."

Archer says the $40 million project will take about two years to complete.

Most of the work will be done at night, but commuters traveling between Winston-Salem and Greensboro should expect some delays and lane closures from time to time.

There is a public drop-in meeting with engineers Thursday, June 6 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Swisher Center on Forsyth Tech's Kernersville Campus. Anyone is welcome to attend and look at the plans.