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

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.

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].

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

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

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
    October 28, 2015 - December 9, 2015
    Wexford Construction Company has been given permission to place a dumpster and demolition chute on the north side of 5th Street between Patterson Avenue and Research Parkway beginning October 28, 2015 for approximately 6 weeks for renovations in Building #90. Wexford Construction Company is also renovating Building #60 on the south side of 5th Street and has been advised that coordination must take place between both projects. 5th Street should remain open to 2-way traffic except for the previously approved closure from November 5 - 15, 2015. Wexford Construction Company is responsible for all traffic control.
  • Church Street, 4th Street to 5th Street
    November 2, 2015 - December 1, 2015
    A contractor working on the Reynolds American Incorporated (RAI) Building has placed a dumpster in the parking lane on Church Street and installed a trash chute/stairs to the Plaza Roof. The Church Street sidewalk will be closed during construction. Work will begin on November 2, 2015 to replace the roof of the RAI Building using a boom truck. The boom truck’s outriggers will extend into the southbound lane, though two-way traffic will be maintained. The contractor will provide appropriate traffic control devices and flagmen while working during the day. At the end of each shift, the outriggers of the boom truck will be folded up and will not encroach into the lane of travel. The work is scheduled to end on December 1, 2015.
  • Church Street, 2nd Street to 4th Street
    November 17, 2015 - December 1, 2015
    A contractor has been given permission to close a lane of Church Street between 2nd Street and 4th Street from November 17, 2015 to December 1, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to install a gas line. All lanes will be open on evenings and weekends. The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.
  • Church Street, 4th Street to 5th Street
    November 30, 2015
    A contractor has been given permission to close Church Street between 4th and 5th Streets on November 30, 2015 from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. to use a crane to hang banners on the building under renovation. Access to the parking garages will be maintained and the sidewalk from the parking deck to 4th Street will remain open. The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.
  • Main Street, 4th Street to 5th Street
    December 6, 2015
    A contractor has been given permission to close Main Street between 4th and 5th Streets on December 6, 2015 from 7:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

Bike Facility and Sidewalk Updates

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Upcoming Events

MPO Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting 05/27/2014
Start Date/Time:
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 4:00 PM
Recurring Event:
One time event

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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