US 52 plays a critical role in the transportation system of the City of Winston-Salem and the Piedmont Triad region. This urban freeway passes through downtown Winston-Salem and provides an important link between I-77 to the north and I-40 and I-85 to the south. With increasing congestion and eroding travel conditions, it was recognized that both capacity and safety improvements were needed for the US 52 facility. In response to this need, the US 52 Land Use and Transportation Plan (2004) was conducted which presented design plans for the reconstruction of US 52 to interstate highway standards and recommended strategies for the coordination of this project with the future land use plans along the corridor.
Since the completion of the first phase of the US 52 corridor study, several major development projects have been proposed for the downtown area and the surrounding communities which require further evaluation as to the impacts they will have on the existing and future transportation network. This second phase of study considers the opportunities to better serve area travelers by integrating the proposed reconstruction of the US 52 facility with other planned roadway and transit improvements as well as the major development projects proposed for the Winston-Salem area.