WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Construction around downtown Winston-Salem could impact drivers' commute times.

First street will be closed between Church and Main streets, until mid-July.

But that's only just the beginning.

Road closures like these will be a mainstay for the next four years, according to Connie James, with the City of Winston-Salem Dept. Of Transportation.

Work on Business 40 isn't even scheduled to begin until next fall.

But first, crews are working to install a waterline that must be in place before the Business 40 reconstruction project can begin.

After the work is finished on First and Church Streets, construction will shift a few blocks over on First Street, between Liberty and Cherry streets.

Work will continue to progress westward in two-block segments until the project is completed at Peters Creek Parkway.

"We are closing down the road for safety reasons," said James. "Travelers will need to keep aware of what's going on. Follow the detour signs as you're going through. Later, when business 40 closes, that will have an even greater impact so this will help prime us for that experience."

James says drivers should look out for detours, which will be posted along the closed roads.

Main Street will remain open where it crosses First Street.