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:

  • Evaluate the removal and replacement of trees as recommended by a certified arborist
  • Evaluate street lighting options
  • 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

For further information, please email Jeff Fansler, City of Winston-Salem Acting Deputy Director of Transportation.

Project Updates

Project Updates, as of January 13, 2020
  • Sidewalks:  Curbing repair will continue on Salt Street, north of Bank Street. 
  • Street Lighting:  None
  • Trees:  None
  • Stormwater:  
  • Water/Sewer:  Continue with 6 inch waterline installation on West Street.  Sterilize, test and connect water services.  Begin 16 inch waterline work in Salt Street/West Street intersection.  This will include replacing 16" x 6" cross with 16" x 6" tee, removal of hydrant at bathroom area and removal of waterline presently passing through sewer manhole.
  • Paving:  If paving crew is available later in the week and if material is available, we will begin paving ditch line on Church Street (possibly Thursday and/or Friday). 
  1. Project Overview
  2. Sidewalks
  3. Lighting
  4. Trees
  5. Stormwater
  6. Water/Sewer

Construction of infrastructure improvements for the first phase of this project, which has been contracted with Ramey, Inc. started April 2, 2018. This project is proposed to reduce the potential for injury due to uneven and broken sidewalks, re-establish tree canopies, improve street lighting and maintain consistency with historic preservation requirements. Excavation plays a large role in this project.  Therefore, the City has contracted an archaeologist to ensure that any cultural artifacts of significance unearthed during process are properly cataloged and preserved.

On April 3, 2018 city Council Member John Larson and city staff presented details on the first phase of the rehabilitation at the Old Salem Visitors Center. View Old Salem Infrastructure Improvements presentation [pdf/12mb/23p].

Phase 1 of the work includes replacement of or improvements to the following elements: