Winston-Salem Northern Beltway
Project # U-2579, R-2247
Type: New multi-lane freeway
Affected Counties: Forsyth
Construction Start Date: 2015
The Winston-Salem Northern Beltway is a planned 34.2-mile multi-lane freeway that will circle the northern part of Winston-Salem from U.S. 158 to U.S. 311. North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) officials say the new road will help relieve congestion along U.S. 421, Business 40 and U.S. 52.
The beltway will be constructed in two parts: The western section, labeled project #R-2247, which will run from U.S. 158 to U.S. 52, and the eastern section, labeled project #U-2579, which will run from U.S. 52 to U.S. 311.
Construction of the eastern section will provide a corridor for the future I-74, which has been designated a High Priority Corridor on the National Highway System. A protected corridor was established in 2008 to prevent future development along this route.
The project has been included in the Urban Loop Acceleration Plan, and the NCDOT is now purchasing property in the right-of-way for the eastern section. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015.
- Winston-Salem Journal: Meeting to address eminent domain regarding highway expansion project"
- NCDOT: "Judge Rules in Favor of NCDOT in Winston-Salem Beltway Lawsuit"
- FOX 8: "Dozens more opposing Northern Beltway construction join lawsuit against state"
- Right-of-Way Acquisitions: 2012
- Construction to Begin: 2015
- Environmental Impact Statement: Complete
At an August 2008 public hearing, the NCDOT distributed information about the project, which included potential property relocations. According to a handout distributed at the meeting, as many as 694 residences, 31 businesses, one church and one farm could be affected by construction of the eastern section. The budget for right-of-way acquisitions was set at $204.17 million.
No information has been publicized about how many properties may be affected by construction of the western section or how much the budget is for property acquisition.
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