WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- North Carolina Department of Transportation officials have announced the anticipated closing date for the Business 40 project.
The highway will be closed beginning on Nov. 11 at 8 a.m., barring any weather-related setbacks.
A 1.2-mile stretch of Business 40 will be shut down near Winston-Salem’s downtown, forcing traffic onto neighboring highways and secondary roads and causing delays and congestion. Even if you don’t travel Business 40 regularly, there is a good chance the closure will impact you.
When the closure begins, westbound drivers will be forced to exit at or before U.S. 52. Eastbound drivers will need to exit the highway at or before Peters Creek Parkway. This closure is expected to continue for more than a year.
The Liberty, Main and Church Street bridges are also planned to be closed for replacement beginning on November 11 and are expected to reopen in the summer of 2019. The new Strollway Land bridge will be constructed during this time frame.
The Fourth and Broad Street bridges are currently closed. The Fourth Street bridge is expected to reopen in January 2019. The Broad Street bridge should be reopened in early spring of 2019.
Between summer of 2019 and spring of 2020, the Cherry Street, Marshall Street and Brookstown Avenue bridges will be closed. The Green Street bridge will also be replaced with a new pedestrian bridge at this time.
Efforts are underway to open the road in early 2020, according to the NCDOT.
The Spruce Street bridge will be permanently closed.
Eighty-thousand vehicles travel Business 40 every day, according to NCDOT. About half of those drivers are simply passing through. Those drivers will be encouraged to use Interstate 40 during the project.
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