WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Construction on the long-awaited Business 40 Improvement Project is scheduled to begin on Monday.
The project will widen the highway, resurface roads and replace bridges in the area.
It calls for a complete shutdown of a one-mile stretch of Business 40. However, that won't happen until 2018, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT).
On Monday, crews start replacing the Peters Creek Parkway Bridge. The new bridge will have eight lanes, where the current bridge has four lanes. They also plan to revamp on and off ramps in the area.
You can expect nightly lane closures near Peters Creek Parkway starting at 9 p.m. and lasting until 6 a.m. This will happen each night over the next several months.
Phase 2 of the project is scheduled to start in Fall of 2018, where a one-mile stretch of Business 40 will shut down and reopen in 2020.
But as construction ramps up, so do neighbors' worries.
"It's going to be a tough pill to swallow in the interim, but eventually it will be better," Salvador Patino, President of the West Salem Neighborhood Association said. "We're just going to have to deal will it."
Patino said noise, traffic and dust are all concerns for neighbors nearby.
"There's been a lot of worry about the way traffic will be rerouted," he said. "But we are also very excited about the benefits of it such as the bridges and the bikeway, that'll be fantastic."
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The project will give the neighborhood a pedestrian bridge and a pathway running along Business 40.