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

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 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
Phone: 336-747-6869
Fax: 336-748-3370

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

  • 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

  • Road Closure on 5th Street, between Research Parkway and Chestnut Street
    June 28, 2017 - June 30, 2017
    A contractor will close 5th Street between Research Parkway and Chestnut Street beginning on June 28, 2017 at 6:30 am to hoist HVAC equipment onto the Bailey Site and a contractor will also be installing overhead signs on the pedestrian walkways between building 60 and 90.  The HVAC work will be completed on June 28, 2017 so the portion of 5th Street between Patterson Avenue and Chestnut Street will be opened that evening.  The remaining  portion of 5th Street between Patterson Avenue and Research Parkway will open on June 30, 2017 at 4:00 pm.  Patterson Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets will be open.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Lane Closure on 4th Street, between Main Street and Church Street
    June 24, 2017 - June 25, 2017 (7:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
    A contractor has been given permission to close the eastbound right turn lane of 4th Street between Main and Church Streets on June 24, 2017 and June 25, 2017 from 7 am - 5 pm  to perform exterior maintenance on the Winston Tower Building.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Road Closure on Bethabara Road, between Miller Road and Oak Grove Circle
    June 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM until June 9, 2017 at 8:00 AM
    A contractor will close Bethabara Road between Miller Road and Oak Grove Circle from June 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM until June 9, 2017 at 8:00 AM to replace cell equipment on the water tower.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Road Closure on 5th Street, between Patterson Avenue and Research Parkway
    June 8, 2017 - June 15, 2017
    5th Street will be closed between Patterson Avenue and Research Parkway from June 8, 2017 until June 15, 2017.  Multiple contractors will be working on painting the Vine Street bridge and installing 2 overhead LED signs.  Patterson Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets will be open and the contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Lane Closure on Brookstown Avenue, between Liberty Street and Cherry Street
    June 1, 2017 - June 8, 2017
    A contractor will be working on the exterior of 119 Brookstown Avenue beginning June 1, 2017 until June 8, 2017.  The contractor will utilize a boom lift and will be partially in the street.  Two-way traffic will be maintained and the contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Lane Closure on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive,  between Rams Drive and Cromartie Street
    May 15, 2017 - May 16, 2017
    A contractor has been given permission to close one lane of northbound  MLK Jr. Drive between Rams Drive and Cromartie Street on May 15, 2017 and May 16, 2017, 9 am- Noon.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.
  • 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.  UPDATE:  The closure has been extended until April 14, 2017.
  • 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.
  • 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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Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Transportation/DOT - June 12, 2017 The closure of Fifth Street downtown has been extended to include the block between Spruc...
Posted: Thursday, June 8, 2017
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