Department of Transportation

"Enhancing Mobility, Improving the Journey"

The Transportation department has a focus on moving people and goods safely and efficiently on the surface transportation system in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. We aspire to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain our system so that congestion, delay and traffic accidents are minimized while transportation choices and emergency services are maximized.

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Temporary Right-Of-Way Closure Permit

In an effort to maximize safety and efficiency during the Business 40 Improvements Project, the City of Winston-Salem Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has instituted a new Temporary Right-of-Way Closure permitting policy.  For more information, the application document, and fee structure, please visit the WSDOT Permit Page.


Request for Projects: The Federal Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC, Section 5307) grant Program and The Federal Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individual with Disabilities (Section 5310) grant program

The Federal Transit Administration has announced that Winston-Salem Urban Area will receive federal transportation funds to assist eligible agencies in meeting the transportation needs of low-income, disabled and elderly populations in the area. The Request for Projects (RFP) process will accept proposals for funding under the Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC, Section 5307) grant program and/or the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310)grant program.  For more information on the upcoming workshop and application materials please visit the JARC and Section 5310 Grants webpage.  

JARC and Section 5310 Grants


2020-2029 Transportation Improvement Plan Development

Prioritization is NCDOT's decision making tool for developing the State's Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which is a listing of projects to be delivered within an upcoming ten-year work program.  The current round is known as Prioritization 5.0 or P5.0, and will develop the 2020-2029 STIP.  Through coordinated efforts with the State's Prioritization Office, Division 9 of NCDOT, surrounding MPO and RPOs and local cooperation, the Winston-Salem Urban Area MPO has identified projects for all modes, including highway, bicycle/pedestrian, transit, and aviation to be evaluated for inclusion into the State's final work program.  

The draft 2020-2029 STIP is now available for public comment. WSMPO staff will be hold a public drop in meeting to accept comments and provide information on May 6 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the Department of Transportation Office, Suite 307 in the Bryce A. Stuart Building located at 100 E. First Street, Winston-Salem NC 27101.  

SPOT webpage


Public Feedback Requested

The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) for the Winston-Salem Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WSMPO) holds meetings on the third Thursday bimonthly or as needed at 4:15 p.m. at 100 E. First Street in the Bryce Stuart Municipal Building in the Public Meeting Room on the 5th Floor. The TAC serves as a forum for cooperative transportation planning and decision-making for the MPO region which includes Forsyth County and portions of Davie, Davidson and Stokes Counties. Citizens are welcome to attend and participate in these public meetings. The next meeting of the TAC will be held Thursday, May 16, 2019. Agenda materials for this meeting can also be found at cityofws.org/Departments/Transportation/MPO/TAC.

The Winston-Salem MPO is seeking public comment and feedback from April 5, 2019 to May 7, 2019 for the items below:

The Winston-Salem MPO is seeking public comment and feedback from April 15, 2019 to May 15, 2019 for the items below:

These materials can be found on the City of Winston-Salem website, at the Winston-Salem Department of Transportation office in the Bryce Stuart Municipal Building Office, 100 E. First Street, Winston-Salem (3rd Floor) or at local libraries in Forsyth, Stokes, Davidson and Davie counties.

All comments should be sent in writing to Byron Brown either by email to byronb@cityofws.org or by mail to:

City of Winston-Salem, DOT
Attn: Byron Brown, Principal Planner
P.O. Box 2511
Winston-Salem, NC 27102


Winston-Salem Bicycle Master Plan Draft Review Session

APRIL 4, 2019 - 5:30 PM - THE SALEM LAKE MARINA

The City of Winston-Salem Department of Transportation is in the process of creating a new bicycle master plan and the draft recommendations are available for review. Visit the Winston-Salem Bicycle Master Plan website to take surveys, review the recommendations, and comment on maps. 


City of Winston-Salem

Bus Pass Match Distribution Program
for Eligible Nonprofit Organizations

Update:

Thank you to all the applicants and participants of the Bus Pass Match Distribution Program for Fiscal Year 2018.

In June 2018, City Council approved continuation of the program. The program will now include the following passes:

a.  1-ride Fixed Route Pass
b.  1-ride TransAid Pass
c.  10-ride Fixed Route Pass
d.  30-ride TransAid Pass

For more information please reference the Program Information.

Applications are available via this webpage or the front desk of the Winston-Salem Department of Transportation’s office (Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building, Suite 307-100 E. First Street).

Applications (located below) may be submitted by email (), in-person or by fax (336-747-6876).

Any questions or concerns, please contact Laura Nixon, Engineering Technician (). 

Program Information [pdf/120kb/1p]

***Application [pdf - fillable electronically]***

Background of the Program:

Local non-profit organizations that provide, or are willing to provide, free WSTA bus passes to their clients are invited to apply for additional free passes under the Bus Pass Matching Distribution Program.  This program was authorized by City Council as part of the city’s Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget.

The council has allocated $90,000 for the program, which can be used for two types of passes: 10-ride bus passes on WSTA’s fixed routes, or 30-ride Trans-Aid passes. For every pass that an agency buys for its clients, the city will provide a matching pass. Applications for matching passes will be approved on a rolling basis, first-come, first served. There is no limit to the number of matching passes that an organization may request.  The following organizations are currently utilizing the Bus Pass Match Distribution Program:

The Enrichment Center, 1006 Marshall Street, Winston-Salem, 27101
Positive Wellness Alliance, 1006 Marshall Street, Winston-Salem, 27101
Monarch, 651 N. Highland Avenue, Winston-Salem, 27101
Senior Services, Inc., 2895 Shorefair Drive, Winston-Salem, 27101
Redemption & Recovery Restoration Ministries, Inc., 128 Louella Drive, Winston-Salem, 27105
Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse of NC, 500 W. Northwest Blvd., Winston-Salem, 27105
City with Dwelling, A Community First Initiative, 633 W. Fourth Street, Winston-Salem, 27101
Winston-Salem Street School, 630 W. Sixth Street, Winston-Salem, 27101
TCK Providence Inc. (Second Harvest Food Bank), 5790 University Parkway, Winston-Salem 27105
Forsyth County Veterans Treatment Court, 1811 Meadowlark Drive, Winston-Salem 27101
Triad First In Families, 450 West Hanes Mill Road, Suite 223, Winston-Salem 27101
Bethesda Center for the Homeless, 930 N. Patterson Ave., Winston-Salem 27101


Winston-Salem Community Connector

The Winston-Salem Community Connector is a visionary and transformative bicycle and pedestrian project to move our community into the future while reconnecting to the past. This project will greatly enhance transportation and mobility options, create employment opportunities, support environmental health and fundamentally improve our city as a place to live, work, and visit. Find out more about the Community Connector.

There were 585 applications received for the $500,000,000 and while our project was favorably received, we were not selected. Thank you to all who participated in our application process.

Business 40 Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Improvements

The City of Winston-Salem and the North Carolina Department of Transportation are developing a series of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements as part of the efforts to upgrade and streamline I-40 (Business) through downtown Winston-Salem. The highway aspect of the project will include removing the existing pavement and replacing it with new concrete pavement. The project will also modernize the entrance and exit ramps and replace most of the bridges on and over Business 40 to meet current traffic demands and modern design specifications. When those bridges are redesigned, bicycle and pedestrian improvements will be included to accommodate walking and cycling trips along and across the Business 40 corridor. Most notably, the City of Winston-Salem has proposed a multi-use path for cyclists and pedestrian that would parallel the highway from Lockland Avenue to Liberty Street, providing a safe and comfortable active transportation option with separation from motor vehicle traffic.

For further information, please contact Matthew Burczyk, City of Winston-Salem Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator at .

WSTA Bus Stop Improvement Study

The Winston-Salem Transit Authority (WSTA) is currently in the process of restructuring its routes to improve efficiency and service. In a parallel effort, WSTA has undertaken a bus stop improvement study to investigate stop locations, improve the the rider experience and perception, and address accessibility, safety, and equity. The study addresses questions of how to include route and system information at stop locations and how to improve accessibility and safety through infrastructure improvements, including the installation of concrete pads, bus shelters, benches, and other features. For detailed information on the study, please view the WSTA Bus Stop Improvement Study [pdf/4.9mb/24p].


Old Salem Infrastructure Improvements

Most of the sidewalks within the Old Salem area are constructed of brick or stone and have been displaced due to large trees, some of which have exceeded their life expectancy or are otherwise in poor condition. This project will reconstruct sidewalks in a way that maintains the historic character of Old Salem in conformance with American with Disabilities Act (ADA) sidewalk requirements for historic preservation districts; evaluate the removal and replacement of trees as recommended by a certified arborist; and street lighting options will also be evaluated.

For further information, please contact:

Jeff Fansler, City of Winston-Salem Acting Deputy Director of Transportation at jeffreygf@cityofws.org


Project Updates

  • Business 40 Waterline Work
    • Flatiron Construction Company will begin relocating water lines in preparation for the Business 40 project starting on June 12, 2017.  Flatiron will be working on 1st Street from Church Street to Peters Creek Parkway working two block segments at a time from east to west.  The first two block segments will be between Church Street and Liberty Street.  Traffic control will be in place as well as detours.  Attached is the detour route.

Road, Sidewalk and Parking Closures

  • Road Closure on Ewing Street, between Palm Drive and Long Drive
    May 17, 2019 to May 19, 2019 
    Ewing Street will be closed between Palm Drive and Long Drive beginning at noon (12:00 PM) on May 17, 2019 until 6:00 PM on May 19, 2019 to facilitate the moving out of Wake Forest University students from rental properties.  The rental agency is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Road Closure on Summit Street, between 4 1/2 Street and 5th Street
    May 21, 2019 to May 26, 2019; 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    A contractor will close Summit Street between 4 1/2 Street and 5th Street beginning May 21, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM for approximately five days to make sidewalk improvements.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Lane Closure on Chestnut Street, between 1st Street and 2nd Street
    June 11, 2019; 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Duke Energy will close a lane of Chestnut Street between 1st Street and 2nd Street on June 11, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM to make utility repairs.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Lane Closure on 4th Street, between Trade Street and Liberty Street
    May 9, 2019 to May 15, 2019; 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    A contractor will close the eastbound lane of 4th Street between Trade Street and Liberty Street beginning on May 9, 2019 until May 15, 2019 from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM to make sidewalk repairs at the Indigo Hotel.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Lane Closure on Second Street, between Spruce Street and Marshall Street
    May 14, 2019; 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM
    A crane company will close a lane of 2nd Street between Spruce Street and Marshall Street on May 14, 2019 from 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM to hoist an HVAC unit on to the roof of a building.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Road Closure on Patterson Avenue, between 4th Street and 5th Street
    May 8, 2019; 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    Duke Energy will close Patterson Avenue between 4th Street and 5th Street on May 8, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Lane Closure on 5th Street, between Cherry Street and Trade Street
    May 13, 2019 to May 14, 2019; 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    A contractor installing conduit for fiber optic cable will close a lane of 5th Street between Cherry Street and Trade Street on May 13, 2019 until May 14, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

    UPDATED May 14, 2019: Dates moved to May 15, 2019 and May 16, 2019

  • Road Closure on Church Street, between 3rd Street and 2nd Street
    May 8, 2019; 2:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    A contractor working on the new parking deck will close the intersection of 3rd Street and Church Street from 2:00 AM to 10:00 AM to pour concrete.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control including detours.

  • Road Closure on Old Lexington Road, Speedway on the Southwest Corner
    May 13, 2019 to May 24, 2019; 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    A contractor working on the Speedway convenience store on the corner of Sprague Street and Old Lexington Road will close Old Lexington Road beginning May 13, 2019 until May 24, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM to make utility connections.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control including detours.

  • Lane Closures on Sprague Street and Old Lexington Road, Speedway on the Southwest Corner
    May 6, 2019 to May 10, 2019; 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    A contractor working on the Speedway convenience store on the corner of Sprague Street and Old Lexington Road will close one (1) lane of Sprague Street and one (1) lane of Old Lexington Road beginning May 6, 2019 until May 10, 2019 between 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM to remove and replace curbing and driveway connections. The contractor is responsible for all traffic control including detours.

  • Road Closure on 27th Street, between Greenway Avenue and Gilmer Avenue
    April 29, 2019 to May 10, 2019
    The emergency closure of 27th Street between Greenway Avenue and Gilmer Avenue has been extended through Friday, May 10, 2019 to replace a compromised sewer main line.  Detours are posted and motorists are encouraged to plan for alternate routes.  For more information contact CityLink Online or call 311 or 336-727-8000

  • Road Closure on 4th Street, at intersection of Poplar Street
    April 24, 2019; 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    A contractor will close 4th Street just west of the intersection with Poplar Street on April 24, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM to utilize a crane to hoist HVAC equipment onto the roof of a building.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Road Closure on Glenn Avenue, at intersection of Akron Drive
    April 22, 2019 to June 22, 2019
    AT&T will close Glenn Avenue at the intersection of Akron Drive beginning April 22, 2019 for approximately six to eight weeks to relocate telephone lines in preparation of the NCDOT Akron Dive bridge replacement project.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

    UPDATE: Start date changed to April 29, 2019

  • Road Closure on Church Street, between 2nd Street and 3rd Street
    April 16, 2019; 5:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    A contractor will close Church Street between 2nd Street and 3rd Street on April 16, 2018 from 5:00 AM to 4:00 PM to unload and install a tower crane.  Federal Employees that park in the deck under the Ward Federal Building will have access to the underground parking via 2nd Street.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Lane Closure on 4th Street, between Trade Street and Liberty Street
    April 11, 2019 to April 25, 2019; 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    The contractor renovating the Pepper Building will close the eastbound lane of 4th Street between Trade Street and Liberty Street beginning April 11, 2019 for two weeks between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM to utilize a lift and paint the exterior windows as well as complete the on-street loading zone.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Road Closure on Hewes Street Southwest, between S. Stratford Road and Hewes Street
    April 10, 2019 to April 12, 2019
    A contractor will close Hewes Street Southwest between South Stratford Road and Hewes Street from April 10, 2019 to April 12, 2019 to make repairs to a water lift station.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

    UPDATE: Date moved to April 23, 2019 and April 24, 2019

  • Road Closure on Hewes Street, between S. Stratford Road and Hewes Street SW
    April 10, 2019 to April 12, 2019
    A contractor will close Hewes Street between South Stratford Road and Hewes Street Southwest from April 10, 2019 to April 12, 2019 to make repairs to a water lift station.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

    UPDATE: Date moved to April 23, 2019 and April 24, 2019

  • Lane Closure on 4th Street, just west of the intersection of Poplar Street
    April 10, 2019; 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Triad Roofing Company will close the westbound lane of 4th Street just west of Poplar Street on April 10, 2019 from 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM to perform roof work.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control and detours.

  • Road Closure on 4th Street, at the intersection of Poplar Street
    March 26, 2019; 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    A contractor will close 4th Street at the intersection of Poplar Street on March 26, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM to hoist HVAC equipment onto the roof of a building.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

    UPDATE: Date moved to March 28, 2019

  • Lane Closure on Liberty Street, between 2nd Street and 3rd Street
    March 25, 2019 to March 28, 2019; 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Duke Energy will close one lane of Liberty Street between 2nd Street and 3rd Street beginning March 25, 2019 until March 28, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM to make underground utility repairs.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Lane Closure on Church Street, between 2nd Street and 3rd Street
    March 21, 2019 to March 22, 2019; 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Duke Energy will close one lane of Church Street between 2nd Street and 3rd Street beginning March 21, 2019 until March 22, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM to make underground utility repairs.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Lane Closure on 2nd Street, between Town Run Lane and Chestnut Street
    February 27, 2019 to March 20, 2019; 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Duke Energy will close one lane of 2nd Street between Town Run Lane and Chestnut Street beginning February 27, 2019 until March 20, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM to make underground utility repairs.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control. 

  • Lane Closure on Patterson Avenue, between 5th Street and 6th Street
    February 18, 2019 to April 8, 2019; 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    A contractor will close the southbound lane of Patterson Avenue between 5th Street and 6th Street beginning February 18, 2019 for approximately 48 days between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM to perform exterior work on the apartment complex currently under construction.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control. 

  • Lane Closure on Main Street, between 2nd Street and 3rd Street
    February 11, 2019 until further notice
    A contractor will close the northbound tight turn lane of Main Street between 2nd Street and 3rd Street along with the sidewalks around the Hiram Ward Federal Building beginning February 11, 2019.  The contractor will be demolishing and rebuilding the Plaza on the north side of the building.  The project is expected to last several months.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Lane Closure on Church Street, between 1st Street and 3rd Street
    Intermittent from February 11, 2019 to May 11, 2019; 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    Duke Energy will close a lane of Church Street between 1st Street and 3rd Street from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM beginning February 11, 2019 intermittently for approximately 3 months to pull electrical cable into existing underground conduit.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Lane Closure on 6th Street, between Spruce Street and Marshall Street
    February 11, 2019 to March 1, 2019; 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Duke Energy will close a lane of 6th Street between Spruce Street and Marshall Street from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM beginning February 11, 2019 until March 1, 2019 to make underground vault repairs.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Lane Closure on 2nd Street, at the intersection of Liberty Street
    January 23, 2019 to February 23, 2019
    AT&T will close a lane of 2nd Street at the intersection of Liberty Street beginning January 23, 2019 for approximately one month to perform Business 40 related utility work.

  • Sidewalk Closure at 640 W. 4th Street
    October 23, 2017
    A contractor will install a construction fence in front of 640 W. 4th Street beginning the week of October 23, 2017 for demolition of the existing building and construction of a new building.  Pedestrians will be advised to use the sidewalk across the street.

  • Road closure on 7th Street, between Main Street and Chestnut Avenue
    Time:  Indefinitely or TBA
    A drainage project to repair a caved in storm drain is currently underway on 7th Street between Main Street and Chestnut Avenue. Winston-Salem DOT will be responsible for all traffic control in coordination with Norfolk Southern. 7th Street in the areas between Main Street and Chestnut Avenue will be closed indefinitely until further notice.

  • Road Closure on Chestnut Street, between 5th and 6th Streets
    April 6, 2017 
    Samet Construction Company will begin the construction of a new building in the parking lot bounded by 5th Street, 6th Street, Patterson Avenue and Chestnut Street beginning April 6, 2017.  A construction fence will be installed around the site and Chestnut Street will be closed between 5th and 6th Streets for the duration of the construction.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control. 

  • Bike Facility and Sidewalk Updates

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Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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