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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem has eliminated a traffic bottleneck on the northeast side of town with the opening of a mile-long extension of Motor Road to connect to Carver School Road, Assistant City Manager Greg Turner said.

Officials cut the ribbon for the new road Friday morning. Built at a cost of $4.6 million, the project also involved widening Motor Road to three lanes between Old Rural Hall and Baux Mountain roads.

The new road makes it possible for many drivers to avoid the intersection of Old Rural Hall and Old Walkertown roads to the south of the Motor Road extension.

Turner said people on the northeast side of town can use the new road to more easily get to popular shopping destinations on Hanes Mill Road and University Parkway.

Because the Motor Road extension passes through largely undeveloped property, it also makes possible building along the new road section, Turner said.

“There is city-owned property and other property that could be developed adjacent to the roadway,” Turner said.

Although the new road allows traffic from Carver School Road to directly pass through on Motor Road toward Indiana Avenue, Turner said that most westbound traffic will probably turn north at the intersection of Old Rural Hall and Motor roads.

Turner said that when city officials looked at road needs in the area, they realized that without the new road both Old Rural Hall and Old Walkertown roads would require expensive improvements. For much less money, planners realized, the city could build the new road.

Turner said the money to build the road was the last money for transportation from a 2000 bond issue.

Pat Ivey, division engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation in Forsyth County, said that although the road is not a state project, it will help overall transportation needs.

“There is no doubt that it will certainly help with connectivity and traffic movement in that particular area,” Ivey said.

By Wesley Young/Winston-Salem Journal