Twin Arches

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About the Twin Arches...

The Twin Arches that rise over the interchange of US 52 and Research Parkway are a symbolic landmark that represents the coming together of Winston-Salem’s communities. This iconic gateway into downtown Winston-Salem is a collaborative project between NCDOT, City of Winston-Salem, and Creative Corridors Coalition. At night the arches are illuminated by (12) 205-watt LED fixtures. These LED lighting fixtures have the ability to change color so that we can recognize all of our different communities and celebrations throughout the year. If you would like to request for the lighting color to be changed during certain dates you can complete our arch lighting request form below.

Application Request Details

  • Applicants must be not-for-profit and community-focused. Applications must be received at least 14 days prior to the requested light up date.
  • Requests are processed in the order in which they are received and are considered on a case-by-case basis using the following criteria:
    • Supports an event of national or international significance (such as Fourth of July, Valentine’s Day).
    • Supports a local festival or event that positively impacts local community spirit (such as Theater Festival, Fair, Winston-Salem State University or Wake Forest University athletic events).
    • Supports a local, national or international awareness issue that builds community or is related to community health (such as Heart Healthy Month, the Race for the Cure or Awareness of Violence Against Women).
    • Acknowledges and welcomes visiting dignitaries (such as a visiting Head of State or Ambassadors from various countries) hosted by our city.
  • Multi-day requests may be granted at the discretion of the Mayor’s Office and Winston-Salem Department of Transportation
  • We reserve the right to deny requests.  Lighting requests will not be considered for:
    • Personal or private occasions (such as birthdays or anniversaries)
    • Political events or observances
    • Religious figures, religious organizations or additional religious holidays
  • We will not light up the Arches for an organization or group that is deemed:
    • to be inappropriate, 
    • offensive in nature, 
    • or those supporting discrimination, prejudice, violence or hatred.

All City Hall lightings with be posted on our official social media accounts. All other forms of publicity are the responsibility of the applicant.

We will do our best to fulfill your color request, but the exact hue may not be possible. We will use the closest hue that we can achieve through LEDs. We cannot light the Arches with browns or blacks at any time.

Review and Request Submission Process

Request for Lighting Review Process:

  • Requester sends in their information for the lighting change.
  • We review that this is valid request and all information is accurate.
  • We then send the request and documentation to the Mayor’s office for approval.
  • Follow back up with requester on status of approval.

Ways to submit Lighting Request

To request a lighting change/display you may either:

1.  Visit the forms webpage  


2.  Submit your request via Twin Arch Lighting Request Form and mail to:

Jason Toney
Senior IS Administrator
City of Winston-Salem
P.O. Box 2511
Winston-Salem, NC 27102


Lighting Policy PDF