WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Construction started Monday on a median, newly designed ramp to Business I-40 and intersection on South Stratford Road near the new Piedmont Federal Bank Headquarters.
The median island is intended to keep cars from making left turns across Stratford's five lanes of traffic from the multiple entrances onto the road which includes an entrance and exit for Thruway Shopping Center, The Towers Shopping Center and the new bank building.
The plans also call for a stoplight to be incorporated at the entrance to the newly constructed Piedmont Federal Bank Building.
Ric Wagner, President and CEO of Piedmont Federal, said his bank agreed to pay for part of the changes in exchange for their driveway permits.
Since being in their new building Wagner says, "there hasn't been a week that's gone by that there hasn't been some kind of tire screeching and fender bender. With all the different ways of going into and out of Thruway and it's just an accident waiting to happen."
N.C. Department of Transportation Engineer John Rhyne said the stoplight near the Business I-40 ramp and Piedmont Federal Bank Building, "will make it a whole lot simpler for drivers. They will not what to anticipate at the stop light and know what the other cars should be doing."
Crews say the median should be finished within a week. The stop light will be installed within the next month.
Expect lane closures along Stratford Road this week as crews continue their work.