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

May is Bike Month: Winston-Salem has planned more than a dozen Bike Month events throughout the entire month of May! It ends May 29 with Walk and Roll Winston-Salem and the last day of the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic. See all events on the Bike Month page.

Major downtown traffic pattern change: As of April 2017, left turns are now prohibited at all times from Fourth Street onto Cherry and Marshall streets. See map below, and read the full news release.

Map showing restricted left turns from Fourth Street onto Cherry and Marshall streets

2016-2025 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program Amendments available for public comment

The Fiscal Year 2016-2025 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP) is a comprehensive listing of all transportation projects programmed for the Winston-Salem Urban Area and must be a subset of the Winston-Salem Urban Area 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update (MTP) and match the Fiscal Year 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).  The 2040 MTP Update, the Air Quality Conformity Determination Report (AQCDR) and the FY 2016-2025 MTIP were adopted by the Technical Advisory Committee on September 17, 2015.  
 
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) regularly updates the STIP to include new projects and modify existing projects, which then must be reflected in the Winston-Salem Urban Area MTIP.  These modification and amendments are available for public review and comment until April 30, 2017.  Citizens can review the modification and amendments at their local libraries and online (see below). All comments should be sent in writing to Byron Brown or mailed to:
 
City of Winston-Salem, DOT
Att:  Byron Brown
P.O. Box 2511
Winston-Salem NC 27102

2016-2025 MTIP Amendments

Public notice of public participation activities and time established for public review of and comments on the TIP will satisfy the program of projects (POP) requirements.
 
Any person who believes they have been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice regarding the Winston- Salem Urban Area MPO programs has a right to file a formal
complaint with Kelly Garvin, City of Winston-Salem, P.O. Box 2511, Winston-Salem, NC 27102, within 180 days following the date of the alleged discrimination occurrence.


Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) and Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) Grants

The Winston-Salem Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is eligible for Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) Section 5307 and Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) funds authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).

A Call for Projects for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 JARC and Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities funds will begin Monday, March 20, 2017 to Friday April 21, 2017.  A public workshop to discuss Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding programs, application processes and procedures has been scheduled for Friday, March 17, 2017 from 12:30pm to 3:30 p.m., located at the City of Winston Salem- Lowery Street Facility, 2000 Lowery Street, Winston Salem, NC 27101.  For more information on this event and to RSVP, please contact or visit the JARC and 5310 Grants webpage.

North Carolina Department of Transportation Draft Transportation Improvement Program Released

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s transportation plan – called the State Transportation Improvement Program or STIP – identifies the construction funding and scheduling for transportation projects at the state level over a 10 year period. Although federal law requires the plan to be updated every four years, the State’s transportation department proactively updates it every two years to ensure it accurately reflects the state’s current financial situation. 

On Jan. 5, 2017, NCDOT released the draft of the 2017 – 2027 State Transportation Improvement Program. Now that the draft plan has been released, NCDOT and the WSMPO will hold separate public comment periods this spring to seek input on the document.  The WSMPO will be accepting public comments and feedback from February 23rd to March 31st.  All comments must be in writing and submitted to Fredrick Haith, via email at fredrickh@cityofws.org or mailed to P.O. Box 2511, Winston-Salem NC 27102, with Attn:  Fredrick Haith, WSMPO clearly labeled.  The Board of Transportation is expected to approve the final 2017-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program in June 2017.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Fredrick Haith, Planning Development Coordinator.

Fredrick Haith
Planning Development Coordinator 
City of Winston-Salem, DOT
P.O. Box 2511
Winston-Salem, NC 27102
E-mail: fredrickh@cityofws.org
Phone: 336-747-6869
Fax: 336-748-3370

WSMPO Draft STIP
NCDOT STIP webpage

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

  • Lane Closure on Main Street, near 5th Street
    April 8, 2017
    A contractor will close a portion of the east lane of Main Street approaching 5th Street on April 8, 2017 for several hours to repair a damaged planter in the sidewalk.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Road Closure Charlois Boulevard
    April 10, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
    A contractor has been given permission to close Charlois Boulevard on April 10, 2017 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm to make two water taps and install a fire hydrant.  The closure will be in front of 200 Charlois Boulevard and the contractor is responsible for all traffic control.  The closure may be extended to the following day if they are unable to complete everything on April 10, 2017.

  • 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. 
  • Road Closure at 3rd Street, between Cherry Street and Town Run Lane
    March 28, 2017 (1 PM to 4 PM)
    A contractor will close 3rd Street between Cherry Street and Town Run Lane on March 28, 2017 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 pm to replace a generator from the roof of a building.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control. 
  • Road Closure at Stonefield Crossing Court
    March 16, 2017 - March 21, 2017
    Stonefield Crossing Court will be close in the cul-de-sac beginning March 16, 2017 until March 21, 2017 for underground utility work.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control. 
  • Lane Closure at Fifth Street,  between Chestnut Street and Patterson Avenue
    March 10, 2017 (7AM - 1PM)
    The contractor working on the Bailey Plant site will close one of the eastbound lanes of 5th Street at Patterson Avenue on March 10, 2017 from 7 am to 1 pm to unload steel for the project.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control and two way traffic will be maintained. 
  • Road Closure at Starlight Drive, between Cassell Street and Rhyne Avenue
    March 13, 2017 - March 17, 2017
    Starlight Drive will be close between Cassell Street and Rhyne Avenue beginning March 13, 2017 until March 17, 2017 for sewer relocation project.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control. 
  • Lane Closure at First Street,  between Main Street and Cherry Street
    March 13, 2017 
    In preparation for the Business 40 Upgrades, Duke Energy plans to start new manhole & duct bank installations along 1st Street between Main & Cherry Streets starting on March 13, 2017.  1st Street work will be along the south lane.  Some work taking place on Main St between 1st Street & the SE corner of Salem Funeral Services (Vogler’s).  The work is expected to last five to six weeks and Duke Energy’s contractor is responsible all traffic control, signage, etc. At least 1 lane of 1st Street will remain open. 
  • Road Closure at 7th Street,  between Research Parkway and Patterson Avenue
    February 27 - March 3, 2017 
    A contractor will close 7th street between Research Parkway and Patterson Avenue from February 27 until March 1, 2017 to make a water line tap.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control and detours
  • Road Closure at E. 3rd Street, between Patterson Avenue and North Research Parkway
    February 9, 2017 
    Lowder, Inc. will close of East 3rd Street between North Patterson Avenue and North Research Parkway to install bridges on the 3rd Street abutments and towers associated with WFIQ Rail to Trail Greenway.  The scope of work involved includes set-up and operation of cranes, transportation and placement of 3- 83’ pedestrian bridges on the existing rail structures.  East 3rd will be closed Thursday February 9th from 9am-5pm.  The Contractor will maintain proper traffic control and safety devices in service for this operation.  Weather and other unforeseen circumstances may extend the duration of this closure. 
  • Road Closure at Patterson Avenue, between 4th and 5th Streets
    January 30, 2017 - March 10, 2017
    The contractor working on the renovations to the Bailey Plant site will close Patterson Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets beginning January 30, 2017 until March 10, 2017 to install underground utilities.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control and detours.  UPDATE:  The closure has been extended until April 14, 2017.
  • Road Closure at Overdale Road, at Southbound Railroad Crossing
    January 23, 2017
    Winston-Salem Southbound RR will be closing the crossing at Overdale Road on Monday, January 23, 2017 from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM. They have coordinated with the property owners south of the crossing on this closure to minimize disruption to their operations. Emergency vehicles will be able to cross should the need arise. 
  • Road Closure at 3rd Street, between Cherry Street and Town Run Lane
    January 17, 2017
    A contractor will close 3rd Street between Cherry Street and Town Run Lane on January 17, 2017 from 1:00 PM - 4:30 pm to remove a generator from the roof of a building.    The contractor is responsible for all traffic control. 
  • Road Closure at 5th Street, between Patterson Avenue and Chestnut Street 
    December  13, 2016
    The contractor  working on 5th Street between Patterson Avenue and Chestnut Street installing underground utilities  currently has eastbound 5th Street closed.  Beginning December 13, 2016 the westbound lane will be closed in addition to the eastbound lanes to make utility taps.  The road closure is expected to last 2 weeks.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control and detours. 
  • 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 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 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.  UPDATE 1-27-2017, the contractor has extended the closure until the end of April 2017.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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MPO Technical Coordinating Committee Meeting 05/27/2014
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