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

City of Winston-Salem
Bus Pass Match Distribution Program
for Eligible Nonprofit Organizations

As of 12/11/2017, the following organizations are participants in the match program:

Organization Name



The Enrichment Center –
An Affiliated Chapter of the Arc

1006 S. Marshall Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101


Samaritan Ministries

414 E. Northwest Blvd
Winston-Salem, NC 27105


Redemption and Recovery Restoration Ministries, Inc.

128 Louella Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27105


Wake Forest Baptist Health – Downtown Health Plaza

1200 N. Martin Luther King, Jr Drive
Winston Salem, NC 27101


Springwell Network, Inc.

3820 North Patterson Avenue
Winston Salem, NC 27105


 Monarch 651 N. Highland Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
 The Salvation Army 901 N. Cleveland Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27027

Local non-profit organizations that provide, or are willing to provide, free WSTA bus passes to their clients are invited to apply for additional free passes under the Bus Pass Matching Distribution Program.  This program was authorized by City Council as part of the city’s Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget.

The council has allocated $90,000 for the program, which can be used for two types of passes: 10-ride bus passes on WSTA’s fixed routes, or 30-ride Trans-Aid passes. For every pass that an agency buys for its clients, the city will provide a matching pass. Applications for matching passes will be approved on a rolling basis, first-come, first served. There is no limit to the number of matching passes that an organization may request.

For more information, please review the Program Information [pdf]. Applications will be accepted immediately and are available via this webpage (see Application link below) or the front desk of the Winston-Salem Department of Transportation's office (Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building, Suite 307 – 100 E. First St.).

Applications may be submitted by email (), in-person or by fax (336-748-3370).

Any questions or concerns, please contact Morgan L. Simmons, Transportation Project Planner (). 

Program Information [pdf/200kb/1p]
***Application [pdf - fillable electronically]***

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

Federal Funding Workshop

The WSMPO held its annual Federal Funding workshop on Monday, November 27th.  The workshop provided detailed information about federal funding opportunities, reporting, and the application process.  Below you will find the presentations that were given.  If you have any questions please contact Kelly Garvin at 336-747-6881 or .

CMAQ Program Overview [pdf/20p/2MB]
FHWA Funding, Monitoring and Reporting [pdf/16p/430kb]
Federal-Aid steps and resources for Locally Administrated Projects [pdf/54p/5MB]
State Transportation Improvement Program [pdf/12p/429kb]
Environmental Document Preparation

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 Prioritization 5.0 Development

View WSMPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) P5 Project List [pdf/7p]

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) 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.   The State’s transportation department proactively updates the STIP every two years to ensure it accurately reflects the state’s current financial situation.  

The current STIP for years 2018-2027 was adopted by the Board of Transportation on August 2, 2017 and can be viewed online here (

The NCDOT uses a data-driven process to update the STIP called strategic prioritization. The process is in its 5th iteration. The prioritization process uses three funding categories – Statewide Mobility, Regional Impact and Division. Projects are evaluated based on their merit through an analysis of a number of variables including but not limited to:  Congestion, Benefit/Cost, Safety, and Freight, Accessibility.  The first step of prioritization process is the identification of projects for evaluation and scoring by the NCDOT’s Strategic Planning Office of Transportation (SPOT).

The draft list of projects to be evaluated is available for public review and comment from August 10th to September 10th, 2017.  Individuals can review the projects online (see WSMPO link above).  All comments should be sent in writing to Kelly Garvin () or mail to:

City of Winston-Salem, DOT
Att:  Kelly Garvin
P.O. Box 2511
Winston-Salem, NC 27102
Phone: 336-747-6869
Fax: 336-748-3370

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.

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

  • Business 40 Waterline Work
    • Flatiron Construction Company will begin relocating water lines in preparation for the Business 40 project starting on June 12, 2017.  Flatiron will be working on 1st Street from Church Street to Peters Creek Parkway working two block segments at a time from east to west.  The first two block segment will be between Church Street and Liberty Street.  Traffic control will be in place as well as detours.  Attached is the detour route.
  • 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

  • **Business 40 - Peters Creek Parkway**
    October 30, 2017 - Fall 2018
    In the upcoming weeks, NCDOT will start working on Business 40 improvements on Peters Creek Parkway.  The first phase of the Business 40 improvement project is slated to begin October 23, 2017.  The construction on Peters Creek Parkway is expected to last until fall 2018.  Expect temporary lane closures on both Peters Creek Parkway and Business 40 during this time frame. Please visit for additional information.

  • **Business 40 - Water Main schedule on 1st Street**
    October 30, 2017 - TBD
    The contractor for the water main work on 1st Street will be moving into the next work area between Cherry Street and Spruce Street on the week beginning on October 30, 2017.  One lane traffic will be maintained during construction.  Full street closure will only be utilized when necessary and will be performed as night work after 7:00 pm.  The contractor will be responsible for all traffic control.

  • Lane Closure on Liberty Street, south of 4th Street
    December 6, 2017, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
    The contractor working on the Pepper Building renovations will close one (1) lane of Liberty Street between 3rd and 4th Streets on December 6, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM to unload materials using a crane.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Lane Closure on Salem Avenue at Cemetery Street
    December 6, 2017 [8:30 AM to 4:30 PM]

    A contractor will close a lane of southbound Salem Avenue at Cemetery Street on December 7, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm to perform utility work in a manhole.  The contractor will utilize flaggers to control traffic.

  • Sidewalk Closure on 4th Street, west of Patterson Avenue
    November 29, 2017

    The contractor working on the Bailey Power Plant redevelopment will close the sidewalk on the north side of 4th Street adjacent to the site beginning 11-29-17 for approximately 10 days.  Pedestrian will be advised to use sidewalk across the street.

  • Road Closure on Marshall Street, between 4th and 5th Streets
    December 3, 2017

    The contractor working on the Stevens Center will close Marshall Street between 4th and 5th Streets on December 3, 2017 from 5 am to 2 pm to utilize a crane.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control and will hire an off duty police officer to control vehicles exiting the Hotel Parking Deck.  The contractor will utilize the on-street parking spaces adjacent to the Stevens Center to stage materials.  

  • Norfolk Southern Rail Road Crossing Work
    November 5, 2017
    Norfolk Southern Rail Road will begin work on Sunday November 5, 2017 on the following road crossings for 1-2 hours each (see below).  On Monday November 6, 2017 they will shut the same intersections down for 2-3 hours to finish the maintenance work.  Norfolk Southern will begin at 27th Street and work their way south and is responsible for all traffic control including detours.
    4th St.
    6th St
    7th St
    14th St
    Ivy St
    21 St
    25th St
    27th St.

  • Lane Closure on Main Street, just North of 5th Street
    November 2, 2017 to November 3, 2017, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
    A contractor will be utilizing a lift to perform maintenance work on Main Street just north of 5th Street on November 2, 2017 and November 3, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  One lane of northbound traffic will be maintained and the contractor will use a flagger to control traffic.

  • Marshall Street, between 4th and 5th Streets
    November 12, 2017, 6 - 8 AM
    A contractor will use a lift to perform some maintenance work on the exterior of the Stevens Center.  The contractor will use a flagger to control traffic from 6 AM to 8 AM.  The roadway will not be closed.

  • Road Closure on Main Street, just North of Academy Street (in Old Salem)
    October 24, 2017 - October 27, 2017
    A contractor will close S. Main Street just north of Academy Street (in Old Salem) beginning October 24, 2017 until October 27, 2017 for installation of water line connections.  The contractor will be responsible for all traffic control.

  • Lane Closure on Marshall Street, between 4th and 5th Streets
    October 23, 2017 for approximately 2 weeks

    A contractor has been given permission to close the parking lane and westernmost SB travel lane on Marshall Street adjacent to the Journal Building just south of Fifth Street beginning Monday, October 23, 2017 between the hours of 9 AM to 4 PM for approximately two weeks.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Lane Closure on 5th Street, between Chestnut Street and Patterson Avenue
    October 23, 2017 to October 25, 2017

    A contractor will close a lane of 5th Street between Chestnut Street and Patterson from October 23, 2017 to October 25, 2017.  Two way traffic will be maintained using the center lane.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Sidewalk Closure at 640 W. 4th Street
    October 23, 2017
    A contractor will install a construction fence in front of 640 W. 4th Street beginning the week of October 23, 2017 for demolition of the existing building and construction of a new building.  Pedestrians will be advised to use the sidewalk across the street.

  • Road Closure on W. 1st Street, 1st Street bridge
    November 13, 2017 to December 22, 2017  ***Updated 11/7***
    The 1st Street bridge (between Northwest Blvd and Miller St) will closed from Monday, October 23, 2017 to Wednesday November 22, 2017.  Several detours will be put in place during this time (please see below).  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

    1. The detour utilizes Cloverdale Avenue from W. 1st Street to Miller Road, and Miller Road from Cloverdale Avenue to W. 1st Street.
    2. W. 1st Street will be CLOSED TO THRU TRAFFIC at Cloverdale Avenue and ROAD CLOSED just beyond Northwest Boulevard.
    3. W. 1st Street will be CLOSED TO THRU TRAFFIC at Miller Road and ROAD CLOSED just beyond the last driveway near the West end of the bridge.

  • Road Closure on 4th Street, 4th Street to Patterson Avenue
    October 16, 2017 for 4 weeks
    The City's contractor for the WFIQ Rail Trail project is proposing to close 4th Street between Patterson Avenue and Research Parkway in order to use a crane to construct stairs from Fourth Street to the Rail Trail.  The detour for this work will take traffic to Patterson Avenue to 3rd Street to Research Parkway and back to 4th Street.  The contractor will be required to follow MUTCD guidelines for this closure. 

  • Lane Closure on Main Street, between 4th and 5th Street
    October 2 for 3 weeks
    The contractor working on the RAI Courtyard Rehab Project will close a lane of Main Street between 4th and 5th Streets beginning October 2, 2017 for 3 weeks to remove demolition material.  The lane closure will be intermittent between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Lane closure on 1st Street, between Cherry Street and Marshall Street
    Starting September 11, 2017 for 3-4 weeks
    Duke Energy is planning to close a lane on First Street between Cherry and Marshall Streets as part of utility relocation work associated with the Business 40 project. They plan to begin September 11 and the work will take 3-4 weeks in the block alternating closures of the northern and southern lanes. One lane will remain open at all times and they are coordinating with Flatiron on the closure just west for the waterline work.

  • Road closure on 7th Street, between Main Street and Chestnut Avenue
    Time:  Indefinitely or TBA
    A drainage project to repair a caved in storm drain is currently underway on 7th Street between Main Street and Chestnut Avenue. Winston-Salem DOT will be responsible for all traffic control in coordination with Norfolk Southern. 7th Street in the areas between Main Street and Chestnut Avenue will be closed indefinitely until further notice.

  • Lane Closure for Union Station Renovation Project
    Beginning August 1, 2017
    The contractor working on the renovations at Union Station will close a portion of the unnamed roadway (see attached map) for construction of a retaining wall and storm water lines.  The contractor will be responsible for all traffic control. The contractor will try to maintain two way traffic for the 10 week construction timeframe. See map for additional details.

  • 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. 

  • 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 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.  

  • Bike Facility and Sidewalk Updates

Latest News

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Streets Division - November 9, 2017 The portion of Robinhood Road between Reynolda and Greenbriar roads will be closed overn...
Posted: Thursday, November 9, 2017
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