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 17, 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 17, 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.

Bike Facility and Sidewalk Updates

Latest News

Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015
Transportation - July 31, 2015 The following projects will be underway next week as part of the street improvements financed...
Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015
Streets Division - July 27, 2015 The intersection of Hollyrood Street and West Banner Avenue will be closed to through traff...
Posted: Friday, July 24, 2015
Moving times July 2015 Winston-Salem Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization ...
Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2015
Transportation - July 22, 2015 The following projects will be underway this week and next as part of the street improvements...

Upcoming Events

MPO Technical Coordinating Committee Meeting 9/18/2014
Start Date/Time:
Thursday, September 18, 2014 2:00 PM
Recurring Event:
One time event
Description:

2:00 p.m., Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building, 2nd floor. The Winston-Salem Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) will meet at 2:00 p.m. The meeting is held in the 2nd floor conference room of the Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building.

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Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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Winston-Salem, NC 27102

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