Business 40 Improvement Project now set to begin in 2016

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Business 40 Improvement Project, which was slated to begin in downtown Winston-Salem in 2018, has been advanced by two years.

Renovations on U.S. Highway 421/Business 40 will now begin in the summer of 2016, DOT officials said Friday.

It will take four to five years to complete.

“We’re excited to announce the acceleration of this project, which will bring critical upgrades to one of the most heavily traveled roads in Winston-Salem,” said NCDOT Transportation Secretary Tony Tata. “Starting earlier means finishing earlier.”

During construction, NCDOT will completely close 1.1 miles of U.S. 421/Business 40 for up to two years. The department is currently working on building new detour routes such as the Salem Creek Connector and improving existing ones such as U.S. 52 and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in preparation.

DOT officials say the project schedule was moved forward by combining the Business 40 Improvement Project with a separate project to replace and widen the Peters Creek Parkway bridge over U.S. 421/Business 40, enhance the ramps at the interchange and widen Peters Creek Parkway from the interchange to First Street.

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