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


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 Ken Baker, City of Winston-Salem Transportation Planner 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 at 636 W. 4th Street
    October 3, 2016 -  October 7, 2016
    A contractor has been given permission to close the eastbound lane of 4th Street in front of 636 W. 4th Street from October 3, 2016 until October 7, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. -  4:30 p.m. The eastbound traffic will be maintained using the center common lane. The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.
  • Road Closure, Long Drive Between Polo Road and University Parkway
    October 18, 2016
    A contractor has been given permission to close Long Drive between Polo Road and University Parkway on October 18, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to make a water line connection. Access will be maintained to the Church and Wake Forest lots. 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.

  • Lane Closure, 636 W. 4th Street
    October 22, 2016
    A contractor has been given permission to close the eastbound lane of 4th Street in front of 634 W. 4th Street on October 22, 2016 from 7 a.m.- 4 p.m. to utilize a crane. Eastbound traffic will be maintained using the center common lane. The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.
  • 5th Street, Between Poplar Street and Spring Street
    October 5, 2016 - October 19, 2016 
      Duke Energy has been given permission to close 5th Street between Poplar Street and Spring Street on October 5,2016 and October 19, 2016 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. to replace equipment in their vault. Duke Energy will have barricades and off duty police officers to control traffic.
    UPDATED: October 19, 2016. Due to the Hurricane last week, Duke Energy Crews were out of town and not able to complete the work on October 19, 2016. They have rescheduled for November 2, 2016. Same time as before.
  • 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.

Latest News

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2016
Transportation - October 14, 2016 The block of Fifth Street downtown between Cherry and Marshall streets will be closed for ...
Posted: Friday, October 14, 2016
Streets Division - Oct. 13, 2016 Shadylawn Drive, between Clyde and Woodcrest drives, will be closed to through traffic star...
Posted: Monday, September 26, 2016
Transportation - Sept. 26, 2016 Hawthorne Road, between Fenimore and Irving streets, will be reduced to one lane of traffic ...
Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Transportation - Sept. 23, 2016 Buena Vista Road, between Stratford and Virginia roads, will be closed to through traffic fr...

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