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.

2040 Transportation Plan documents 
See Calendar (in right column) for public meetings

  • July 30 - Tanglewood Farmers Market
  • August 8 - Dixie Classic Farmers Market
  • August 15 - Honeybee Festival, Kernersville
  • August 18 - Forsyth County Health Department

Transportation Updates

MTP Cover2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan
Review Document

The Winston-Salem Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has developed the Draft 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), the Draft Air Quality Conformity Analysis Report, and the Draft Fiscal Years 2016-2025 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP). The plan includes Piedmont Triad regional overview; all modes of transportation, freight considerations, human and natural environment factors, and fiscally constrained funding schedule for project implementation.

The documents are available on the 2040 Metro Transportation Plan page, all libraries and municipal buildings in the MPO. The review and comment period from July 16 and runs through August 20, 2015.

Please provide written comments by email to , fax at (336) 748-3370 or mail to the Winston-Salem Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 2511, Winston-Salem, NC 27102.

Meetings (see "Calendar" page in right-side column for details):

  • July 30 - Tanglewood Farmers Market
  • August 8 - Dixie Classic Farmers Market
  • August 15 - Honeybee Festival, Kernersville
  • August 18 - Forsyth County Health Department

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 mattbk@cityofws.org.

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].

For further information, please contact Ken Baker, City of Winston-Salem Transportation Planner at kennethab@cityofws.org.

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:

Connie James, City of Winston-Salem Deputy Director of Transportation at conniej@cityofws.org

Project Updates

  • Union Cross Road Project
    • Silver Creek Trail at the intersection of Union Cross Road is permanently closed as of July 23, 2014. Silver Creek Trail will be barricaded in the short term until the cul-de-sac can be installed in the coming months per the project plans. Three portable message signs have been placed on site near the intersection to advise area residents of the closure.
  • Salem Creek Greenway Detour
    • The portion of the Salem Creek Greenway between Main Street and Vargrave Street is closed for construction of the Salem Creek Connector. The closure began in March 2014 and is estimated to be in place for 18 months.
    • More information about the detour is available on the Salem Creek Connector project page.
  • Salem Creek Connector Project
    • Diggs Boulevard/South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive intersection is permanently closed as of January 2, 2014.
    • U.S. 52 interchange with Vargrave Street is permanently closed as of January 6, 2014.
    • Find out more on the Salem Creek Connector project page.

Road, Sidewalk and Parking Closures

  • 5th Street, Patterson Avenue to Research Parkway
    July 6, 2015 - August 31, 2015
    The contractor working on the renovation of the former Reynolds Building has been given permission to close 5th Street between Patterson Avenue and Research Parkway beginning July 6, 2015, through August 31, 2015. Multiple trades will be working during this timeframe including work on the overhead walkway and underground utilities. The contractor is responsible for all traffic control including detours.
  • 5th Street at Spring Street
    Beginning August 10, 2015
    The contractor demolishing the library on 5th Street will begin moving the construction fence the week of August 10. The fence will be located in the on-street parking lane on 5th and Spring Streets adjacent to the site. The contractor will block the parking and travel lane next to the site making 4 ½ St a one-way street from west to east. The fence is expected to be in place during the demolition and construction of the new library.
  • 4th Street, Vine Street to Research Parkway
    August 10 - 24, 2015
    A contractor has been given permission to close a lane of westbound 4th Street between Vine Street and Research Parkway beginning August 10, 2015 for two weeks between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.
  • Ivy Avenue, 27th Street, and 28th Street
    August 13 - 31, 2015
    The contractor working on the Ivy Avenue, 27th Street, and 28th Street project is nearing completion and has been given permission to move construction operations to Glenn Avenue beginning August 13 through August 31.
  • 5th Street, Trade Street to Cherry Street
    August 14 - 21, 2015
    A contractor has been given permission to close one of the westbound lanes of 5th Street between Trade Street and Cherry Street from August 14 to August 21 to place a dumpster during renovations of a building at the corner of 5th and Cherry Street. The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

Bike Facility and Sidewalk Updates

Latest News

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Streets Division - Aug. 18, 2015 Plaza Hollow Drive will be closed to through traffic between Hines Drive and High Point Roa...
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Transportation - Aug. 13, 2015 The following projects are underway as part of the street improvements financed by the 2014 b...
Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2015
Streets Division - Aug. 13, 2015 The intersection of Chestnut and Sixth streets will be closed at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17, to...
Posted: Monday, August 10, 2015
Moving times July 2015 Winston-Salem Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization ...

Upcoming Events

MPO Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting 03/20/2014
Start Date/Time:
Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:00 PM
Recurring Event:
One time event
Description:

4:15 p.m., Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building, 5th floor

The Winston-Salem Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) will meet at 4:15 p.m. The meeting is held in the 5th floor public meeting room of the Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building.

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Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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