Winston-Salem road could have art, landscaping and unique bridge work

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Winston-Salem's newest road, the Salem Creek Connector is set to get under construction within the next few months and now the group Creative Corridors is revealing it's plans for improving the road's basic design.

Creative Corridors showed potential investors and donors it's plans on Tuesday. The group wants to add bike lanes, sidewalks, brick crosswalks, heavy landscaping and a unique metal archway over the bridge where the connector ties into US Highway 52.

"When Business I-40 is closed it will be the main connection from downtown, the main gateway into downtown through the research park. We want it to set Winston-Salem apart," said Creative Corridors Executive Director Russell DuBois.

The Connector will run from Winston-Salem State University near Vargrave Street, north under Business I-40 and into the Piedmont Triad Research Park.

The central focus and perhaps mostly costly part of Creative Corridors plan is the artistic archway over US 52.

"It's a twin arch and it goes along with the twin city -- the  Winston Salem thing -- especially as we approach our centennial," said DuBois.

The group has until June 30th to secure enough investors to make the plans reality.

Creative Corridors was founded in partnership with the Winston-Salem Arts Council as a group of citizens interested in seeing the many major road projects scheduled for the area have a unique creative element to them.

Creative Corridors says it's cheaper to enhance and improve the city's roads and add character as the roads are being built rather than after they are finished.

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