Old Salem Rehabailitation Project

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Project Updates

Stormwater: From August 20 to August 31, the intersection of Main Street and Walnut Street will be closed due to stormwater pipe installation.  Race Street and Church Street, between Race Street and Blum Street will carry two-way traffic.  As a result, on street parking on Race and Church Streets will be prohibited until further notice. 

Sewer: From August 13 through August 16, Salt Street, between West Street and Walnut Street will be closed to through traffic from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  The contractor will be replacing sewer lines, and will manage traffic.

Stormwater: As Phase 1 of the Old Salem Rehabilitation Project continues, the City of Winston-Salem’s contractors will be excavating and replacing the stormwater drainage line along Old Salem Road, between Academy Street and Salem Avenue.  As a result, contractors will close Old Salem Road between Academy Street and the roundabout at Salem Avenue from July 9, 2018 until further notice.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control including detouring traffic along Marshall Street.  Please see the “Current Work Area” map near the bottom of the page for more details on the closure and detour.

Water Line Update: There will be a lane closure southbound on South Main Street in Old Salem from East Walnut Street to the cul-de-sac from June 25, 2018 to June 29, 2018. Contractors will be continuing their work replacing the water line on South Main Street in Old Salem. Detours will be posted for southbound traffic. Northbound traffic will not be impeded.

Water Line Excavation and Replacement to Begin: Week of June 18, 2018

The first phase of the water line replacement is set to begin the week of June 18, 2018 barring inclement weather. Work will take place within the public right-of-way on South Main Street from the intersection of Race Street, approximately 300 feet south to Main Street’s cul-de-sac. The excavation and replacement work will be overseen by a city contracted archaeologist to ascertain the cultural significance of any artifacts that are unearthed during the excavation process.

Contractors will begin mobilization and staging the work site on Monday June 18, 2018 with excavation to begin shortly thereafter. As a result of the water line replacement, the portion of South Main Street mentioned above will be closed to traffic and parking until further notice.  For more information, please reference the "Map of Project Elements" near the bottom of the page.


View street section closure schedule chart [pdf/1p]
Look for closure dates under the "Project Updates" section.

View the project element locations undergoing improvements during Phase 1 [pdf/1p]
Old Salem Rehabilitation Phase 1: June 2018 to January 2020

Project Elements

Construction of infrastructure improvements for the first phase of this project, which has been contracted with Ramey, Inc. started April 2, 2018. This project is proposed to reduce the potential for injury due to uneven and broken sidewalks, re-establish tree canopies, improve street lighting and maintain consistency with historic preservation requirements. On April 3, 2018 city Council Member John Larson and city staff presented details on the first phase of the rehabilitation at the Old Salem Visitors Center. View Old Salem Infrastructure Improvements presentation [pdf/12mb/23p].

Phase 1 of the work includes replacement of or improvements to the following elements:


This project includes removal and replacement or repair of broken and buckled sidewalks in the Phase 1 area with salvaged brick or with new brick, as needed. A temporary pebble-stone sidewalk material will be installed over the large tree roots at some existing trees to remain to minimize tripping hazards.

Street Lighting Infrastructure

Existing streetlights are broken, difficult to maintain, and complicated to replace. This project includes replacement of the electrical ductbank and streetlight bases in the Phase 1 area in preparation of new lampposts and fixtures in Phase 2.


This project includes removing and replacing damaged and missing trees in the Phase 1 area. The proposed tree removals and replacements are as approved by the City's arborist and the Historic Resources Commission. A total of 32 near-dead trees will be removed and 57 new trees installed. Tree types are consistent with HRC guidelines and include maples, oaks, black gum, sourwood, hackberry and American (Princeton) elms. New trees will be installed with structural soil tree pits to foster tree root growth. Citizens may expect the near dead trees to be removed in the near future and new trees to be installed in stages as the work progresses.

View tree save schedule [pdf]


Existing storm drains are severely deteriorated. This project includes removing and replacing storm drains under roadways and catch basins throughout Old Salem (both Phase 1 and Phase 2). This work will be performed within the streets and sidewalks.


Existing water and sewer lines are aged and deteriorated. This project includes removing and replacing all water and sewer lines under roadways. Water service lines will be replaced from the water main to the meter box at each property throughout Old Salem (both Phase 1 and Phase 2). Sewer service lines will be replaced from the sewer main to the cleanout in the sidewalk at each property throughout Old Salem (both Phase 1 and Phase 2). This work will be performed within the streets and sidewalks.

Current Work Area

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I expect work to be done around my residence?

The contractor has developed a work schedule. Please refer to the timeline section of the website for information regarding work schedule and location. The progress map will also show a top view of the work locations as the contractor progresses along.

What are the different color markings on the ground?

The contractor is currently conducting survey work. Locating services provide marks on the ground that indicate where underground utility lines are. It is important to properly survey a construction site to identify where underground utilities are so they can be avoided.

How will the construction affect traffic patterns?

The contractor is responsible for managing adequate traffic flow throughout Old Salem. All road closures will have clearly indicated detour routes and adequate detour signage. All road closures will be called out in the project updates section of the website in advance.


For more information on this project, contact Jeffrey Fansler, Acting Deputy Director of Transportation, at .

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