DOT to permanently close Third, Fourth and Fifth Streets in Winston-Salem

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RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation will permanently close the Third, Fourth and Fifth Street exit ramp at U.S. 52 South (Exit 110A) in Winston-Salem on Wednesday, July 11, at 8 p.m.

The closure is part of an effort to streamline traffic flow on the highway, which will help improve motorist safety and reduce congestion.

As part of the U.S. 52 Improvement Project, NCDOT has already permanently closed:

• The Third, Fourth and Fifth Street entrance ramp at U.S. 52 South (Exit 110A); and
• The Third, Fourth and Fifth Street exit ramp at U.S. 52 North (Exit 110A).

In the coming weeks, the department will also permanently close the Third, Fourth and Fifth Street entrance ramp at U.S. 52 North (Exit 110A), effectively sealing off all direct access to U.S. 52 at the interchange. That will allow crews to construct an additional lane in each direction from U.S. 421/Business 40 to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Eliminating the ramps and adding a new acceleration lane will help alleviate traffic delays and reduce crashes on the highway, which carries 80,000-90,000 vehicles a day.

U.S. 52 will serve as a key detour route when NCDOT closes U.S. 421/Business 40 for up to two years, starting in 2018, to completely upgrade 1.1 miles of the road. Making improvements now to traffic flow and safety on U.S. 52 is a critical step in preparation for the Business 40 Improvement Project.