WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Business 40 will close down for road improvements starting in 2018, NCDOT officials announced Wednesday.
The 1.2-mile section stretching from west of Fourth Street to east of Church Street, will remain under construction for an estimated 21 months. No traffic will be allowed through in either direction during construction.
"We've never closed a freeway to build a project in North Carolina before,” NCDOT Division Engineer, Pat Ivey, explain. “This is the first time we've ever done that."
According to Ivey, several detour routes will be put in place for drivers. However, the department hasn’t mapped out any specifics.
"You might need to plan for an additional 30 minutes if you're coming into downtown or trying to get through Winston-Salem," Ivey said.
Blythe Development of Charlotte and Flatiron Constructors of Colorado were awarded the $99.2 million contract.
The revamp will modernize entrance and exit ramps by eliminating some and lengthening others. Bridges will also be replaced and roadways will receive new pavement.
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