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.

Transportation Updates

Bicycle Master Plan RFP

The City of Winston-Salem invites qualified firms to submit proposals for consulting services to develop a comprehensive bicycle master plan for the City and its MPO member communities. Winston-Salem is emerging as a destination for cycling and the goal of this plan is to develop a framework of improvements and recommendations that will attract cyclists of all ages and abilities. The City encourages innovative context-sensitive solutions and strategies, with an emphasis on improving bicycle connectivity, safety, accessibility, and circulation. Request for Proposals [pdf/483kb/11p].

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].

For further information, please contact

Fredrick Haith, City of Winston-Salem Transportation Planning Development Coordinator 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 until November 2016.
    • 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

  • Road Closure at 103 W. 4th Street 
    December  2, 2016
    A contractor has been given permission to close the westbound lane of 4th Street just west of Liberty Street on December 2, 2016 from 4:30 am – 6:30 am to hoist drywall into a building.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.
  • Road Closure at Cemetery Street, between Main Street and Liberty Street
    December 8, 2016 - December 9, 2016
    A contractor has been given permission to close Cemetery Street between Main Street and Liberty Street on December 8, 2016 and December 9, 2016 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm to perform exterior painting on a building.  The contractor will also close a lane on Liberty Street on December 11, 2016 to complete the painting.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control. 

  • Lane Closure at Trade Street, at 4th Street next to the CVS
    December 6, 2016  
    A contractor has been given permission to close the southbound lane of Trade Street next to the CVS on December 6, 2016 from 5:00 am – 7:30 am to utilize a crane to hoist an HVAC unit onto the roof.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.  

  • Road Closure at Church Street, between 4th and 5th Street
    November 21, 2016  
    Balfour Beatty Construction will close Church Street between 4th and 5th Streets beginning November 21, 2016 to facilitate the construction of an overhead walkway from the RAI Building to the 4th and Church Parking Deck.  The contractor will be responsible for all traffic control and detours.  The closure is expected to last until May 1, 2016.
  • Road Closure at 103 W. 4th Street, O'Hanlon Building
    December 1, 2016 - December 2, 2016
    A roofing contractor will utilize a crane to hoist material onto the roof of the O’Hanlon Building beginning on December 1, 2016 at 8:30 am and concluding on December 2, 2016 at 2:00pm.  The sidewalk and the parking lane next to the building will be closed on Liberty Street.  The southbound lane of Liberty Street next to the building will be closed at various times for the crane.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.
  • Road Closure 5th Street, Between Cherry and Marshall Streets
    October 20, 2016
    Resolute Building Company has been approved to close 5th Street between Marshall Street and Cherry Street starting October 20, 2016 and lasting approximately three months. This will facilitate the demolition of the entry façade and allow for the erection of the new steel and concrete placement at the Convention Center. Resolute Building Company is responsible for all traffic control.
  • Church Street, Between 4th and 5th Streets
    October 31, 2016
    Balfour Beatty Construction Company will begin construction of an overhead walkway between the RAI Building and the 4th and Church Parking deck on October 24, 2016. Initially the sidewalk will be closed adjacent to the parking deck. Beginning October 31, 2016 there will be a partial lane closure in the northbound lane of Church Street. Other lane/road closures will follow as construction progresses. The project is expected to be completed in late April 2017.
  • Lane Closure 5th Street, Between Chestnut Street and Patterson Avenue
    November 2, 2016 
    The contractor renovating the Bailey Power Plant site will close the eastbound lane of 5th Street between Chestnut Street and Patterson Avenue beginning November 2, 2016 for approximately one month for relocation of underground water and electrical lines. Eastbound traffic will be transitioned into the center common lane. The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.
    UPDATED 11-7-16.  Due to a safety issue with the proximity of traffic adjacent to the work zone, the contractor will close 5th Street eastbound.  Eastbound traffic will be detoured.  Westbound 5th Street will remain open.
  • Broad Street Lane Closure
    November 5, 2016 - November 6, 2016
    Duke Energy will be replacing a pole on Broad Street at Pilot View during the overnight hours beginning at midnight on Saturday November 5, 2016, and ending at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday November 6, 2016. Pilot View Street will be blocked on the west side of Broad Street.  The two southbound lanes of Broad Street will be blocked off with traffic diverted into one of the northbound lanes. Pilot View will also be blocked between Broad Street and Spring Street.  The traffic signals at the intersections of 4th and Spring and 6th and Broad will lose power. Temporary Stop signs will be in place making the intersections 4-Way Stops. Duke Energy is responsible for all traffic control.
  • Road Closures, 3rd Street, 4th Street and Chestnut Street
    November 9, 2016 - November 11, 2016
    Norfolk Southern Railroad will be replacing/repairing the tracks on 3rd Street west of Patterson Avenue, 4th Street west of Patterson Avenue and Chestnut Street between 4th and 5th Streets beginning on November 9, 2016 thru November 11, 2016 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. They will work each crossing one day at a time so traffic can be detoured using either 3rd or 4th Streets. We anticipate 3rd Street to be done of November 9, 2016, 4th Street on November 10, 2016 and Chestnut Street on November 11, 2016. Norfolk Southern’ s contractor will handle traffic control and detours.
  • 3rd Street, Between Chestnut Street and Church Street 
    September 7, 2016 - May 2017
    Landmark Builders has been given permission to close the right westbound lane of 3rd Street between Chestnut Street and Church Street beginning on September 7, 2016, until approximately May 2017 for renovations in the Forsyth County Sherriff’s Office. The contractor is responsible for all traffic control and two-way traffic will be maintained.
  • Winston Lake Road
    July 25, 2016
    Winston Lake Road will be close from Waterworks Road to the lake beginning on July 25, 2016 to facilitate the construction of a waterpark. Traffic onto Winston Lake Park will be detoured via Old Greensboro Road back to Winston Lake Road. The closure will remain in place for at least 6 weeks.

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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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