News Releases

​News releases about the Business 40 improvement project are available below, linked from the N.C. Department of Transportation's website.
Waterline Work to Close Lanes at Cherry and First Street Intersection

WINSTON-SALEM — N.C. Department of Transportation contractors must close alternating lanes along the intersection of Cherry Street and First Street so crews can continue new waterline installations that must be completed ahead of the Business 40 Improvement project.

Daytime closures will be in place from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. starting Monday, Oct. 16, until Monday, Oct. 30, weather permitting.

While the lane closures are alternating, transportation officials remind motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

NCDOT to hold a public meeting September 19th


STIP Project No. U-2827B

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting to provide an update regarding the Business 40 Improvement Project that will reconstruct and streamline a 1.2-mile section of Business 40 from west of 4th Street to east of Church Street.

Two sessions will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Old Salem Visitors Center located at 900 Old Salem Road in Winston-Salem:

  • First Session: 12 – 2 p.m.
  • Second Session: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The same information will be presented at both sessions.

The meeting will focus on the reconstruction of the Peters Creek Parkway interchange, which will begin in October of this year. The full 20-month closure of Business 40 from Peters Creek Parkway to U.S. 52 will begin in the Fall of 2018, after the completion of Peters Creek Parkway interchange.

The public may attend at any time during the hours mentioned above. NCDOT representatives will be available to discuss the project and answer any questions regarding the construction sequence, closure timeline and traffic management plans.

Additional information on the Business 40 project, including project maps, is also available here.

For additional information, contact Michael Penney, NCDOT Design-Build Project Manager by phone: (919) 707-6619 or via email at; or contact the project team via email:

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Jamille Robbins, Environmental Analysis Unit via e-mail at or by phone (919) 707-6085 as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

Persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.

Aquellas personas que hablan español y no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan antes de la reunión llamando al 1-800-481-6494.

For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter using #Biz40NC.

First Street Closing Between Church and Liberty Streets
Contacts: Street closure: Connie James, 336-747-6872;
Utility work: Wendy Wiedenbeck, 720-494-8118;

First Street, between Church and Liberty streets downtown, will be closed to all traffic starting Monday, June 12, to allow a contractor to start laying a new waterline that must be in place before the Business 40 reconstruction project can begin. A detour will be posted. Main Street will remain open where it crosses First Street.

This work will affect a significant number of downtown commuters who use First Street in the evenings.

Work is expected to be completed mid-July, weather permitting, after which construction will shift west to the two blocks of 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. For more information call CityLink 311.

Agencies Discuss Mitigation Strategies for Business 40 Improvement Project

WINSTON-SALEM — At the second interagency ‘Business 40 Incident Management Summit’ on Tuesday, April 25, department heads with the City of Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem Police Department, Highway Patrol, Town of Kernersville and state transportation officials gathered to discuss the progress and potential traffic impacts of the Business 40 Improvement Project closure.

The $99.2 million project will reconstruct and streamline a 1.2-mile section of U.S. 421/Interstate 40 Business from west of Fourth Street to east of Church Street starting in late 2017. It is anticipated that Business 40 will be closed for 20 months beginning in late 2018.

“This project will improve the experience of travelers through this area and has the potential to increase economic development,” said Division Nine Board of Transportation Member Mike Wells.

“I’m thrilled that we are able to meet with NCDOT so often to discuss closures, accidents, traffic volumes and how this project will help improve travel in and around our City once it is complete,” said Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines.

“It’s important to residents that we the decision makers have a clear-plan to mitigate the impact on motorists ahead of this project, during and after its completion, and I’m glad we are able to do that with these ongoing meetings,” said Winston-Salem Councilman John Larson.

Some of the strategies discussed at the April meeting included:

  • Quick clearance of traffic related incidents;
  • Contract towing;
  • Extra law enforcement; and
  • Revised traffic signal timing.

“Keeping all lanes of traffic on detour routes open during the closure of Business 40 will be of the upmost importance during this project and we are preparing now,” said Division Engineer Pat Ivey.

NCDOT is planning for bi-monthly progress meeting starting later this spring to help keep area agencies updated on the project.

NCDOT will also host public information meetings this fall to answer questions regarding traffic, congestion and possible detour routes ahead of the closure next year.

For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter using hashtag #Biz40NC.

Additional Soil Testing on Business 40 Improvement Project

WINSTON-SALEM — Soil testing work on the Business 40 Improvement Project continues into the new year, prompting alternating lane closures starting this weekend.

Closure will be in place on U.S. 421/I-40 Business between Church and Fourth Streets from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m., beginning Sunday, Jan. 8. Work should wrap up Friday, Jan. 20.

“While the impact to traffic will be minimal, what’s taking place is a critical part of the safety and foundation of construction,” said Division Nine Resident Engineer Dale L. Swicegood.

Please stay abreast of project developments here.

For real-time travel information, visit the Traveler Services section of or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

What Lies Beneath: Soil Testing on Business 40 Improvement Project

Winston-Salem — Work on the Business 40 Improvement Project starts next week and while drivers may not notice the construction, what’s taking place is a critical part of the safety and foundation of construction over the next 5-6 years between west of Fourth Street and east of Church Street.

As part of the design-build process, NCDOT contractors will begin subsurface drilling for soil testing.

“What this means is that the company doing work on this project must make certain that they have a clear understanding of the quality and make-up of the soil beneath the current roadway,” said Division Nine Resident Engineer Dale L. Swicegood.

“Understanding the road composition as it is now, some 40+ years after the road was initially built, will allow crews to develop the best plan forward for renovating the foundation, which translates into making the highway safer for the traveling public,” said Division Nine Engineer Pat Ivey.

The design-build method allows the design, environmental permitting, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation and construction to take place at the same time under one contract.

“It allows the contractor to do this testing now and look for opportunities to make innovations that save taxpayers money, lessen the environmental impact and alleviate extended driving delays,” said Division Nine Board Member Jake Alexander.

In order for contractors to safely begin soil drilling, lane closures will be installed on intersecting streets of U.S. 421/I-40 Business, between Church and Fourth Streets, daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. beginning Monday, Dec. 12 until Thursday, Dec. 22. Additional testing will take place after the new year.

Business 40 in Winston-Salem Officially Renamed U.S. 421/Salem Parkway

WINSTON-SALEM — A 20-mile portion of the historic Business 40 highway between I-40 east of Kernersville and I-40 west of Winston-Salem has a new name thanks to members of the public. Business 40 will now be known as U.S. 421/Salem Parkway.

Governor Pat McCrory, Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson, Transportation Board Member Jake Alexander, Forsyth County Commissioner Dave Plyler, Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines, State Senator Paul Lowe, State Representative Evelyn Terry, Transportation Division Nine Engineer Pat Ivey and a host of area officials and members of the public celebrated the unveiling of the name during a groundbreaking ceremony at the Green Street Bridge at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem.

“This project is about so much more than a new name,” said Governor McCrory. “It will result in safer, more efficient travel that is aesthetically pleasing and will help support the future of Winston-Salem through improved transportation, economic development, business development and tourism.”

“It also helps fulfill my 25-year vision that is focused on strengthening transportation connections to promote ongoing success of our state - great example of how transportation can foster overall well being of our communities, and also ties in with the "Art that Moves You" initiative.”

“The Economic Impacts of Project are far reaching including but not limited to:”

  • The employment of up approximately 500 people during construction.
  • Local use of restaurants, hotels and commercial stores.
  • Utilization of local materials and resources.

“I am honored to help turn ground on such an impactful project that is certain to have far reaching impacts for the region.”

Naming Background:

"The idea of re-naming Business 40 was actually brought up by citizens when the public involvement process began back in 2006 when the Federally-sponsored Accelerated Construction Technology Transfer (ACTT) conference was held in Winston Salem," said Division Nine Engineer Pat Ivey.

The actual naming process began in 2015 when the Winston Salem City Council and the Kernersville Board of Aldermen appointed local representatives that would make up the Business 40 Naming Committee. The charge for the committee was to evaluate the roughly 1800 suggested names and decide on four finalists that would be voted on by the public. (NCDOT staff served as a resource for the committee, but did NOT vote on the names.)

“NCDOT felt the new name of this highway would be very important to the communities it serves and thus, should be determined by those communities,” said NCDOT Communications Officer Miracle King.

In November 2015, a name nomination period began and by January 2016, 1,889 nominations were email and mailed into the project team.

In March 2016, a selection committee chose four final names from the long list:

*Golden Leaf Parkway
*Innovation Parkway
*Piedmont Corridor
*Salem Parkway

Public voting opened on March 15, and closed at midnight on June 15. During that time 9,882 votes were cast via email, online and phone.

The DOT project team would like to thank each individual who voted as well as the selection committee representatives for their enthusiastic participation and commitment to this process.

We'd also like to extend a special thank you to the members of the community who initially submitted the name "Salem Parkway" for nomination.

New highway signs will be erected upon completion of the project. The main impact of the project, the full closure of Business 40, is expected to start in late 2018/early 2019. It is anticipated that Business 40 will not be closed for more than two years.

What's in a name?

The dividing line between the town of Winston and Salem was 1st street. So this highway Business 40 cuts right through the property that was the town of Salem.

“To all of the 'Winstonites' the significance of the name Salem Parkway is clear, but for those traveling through the area they may not know that the very name Salem means "Peace" according to the Old Salem archives,” said Division Nine Board Member Jake Alexander. “This name is reflective of the protestant Moravians who once governed all aspects of life for people here.”

Contract Awarded for Long-Awaited Business 40 Improvement Project

Winston-Salem — Drivers in Winston-Salem are a step closer to a getting an improved and safer stretch of Business 40 through the City. The Department of Transportation has awarded a $99.2 million contract to reconstruct and streamline a 1.2-mile section of I-40 Business/U.S. 421 between west of Fourth Street and east of Church Street, and to construct portions of a multi-use path between Lockland Avenue to Liberty Street.

“Never before in the history of the State of North Carolina has Business 40 been closed in both directions for a highway project, and never before has our community so greatly needed work like this to take place,” said Division 9 Engineer Pat Ivey.

Construction for the Peters Creek Parkway section may begin as early as the summer of 2017 and is anticipated to be completed by the winter of 2018. The main impact of the project, the full closure of Business 40, is expected to start in late 2018/early 2019, after the Peters Creek Parkway section is open to traffic. It is expected to be closed up to two years.

The project improvements will include:

  • Upgrading the entrance and exit ramps that remain; eliminating some entrance and exit ramps such as those at the Broad Street interchange; and lengthening some entrance and exit ramps, including those at Marshall and Cherry Streets;
  • Replacing the bridges on and over Business 40 with new structures that will meet current and future traffic demands;
  • Removing the existing Business 40 pavement and replacing it with new pavement; and
  • Aesthetic enhancements to the roadway and some of the bridges.

Major highway improvement projects like this are underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory’s 25-Year Vision for Transportation in North Carolina. Its goal is to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.

The contract for the Business 40 Improvement Project was awarded to a team comprised of Flatiron Constructors, Inc. / Blythe Development Company Joint Venture and HDR Engineering Inc. This Design-Build Team They will develop the design, purchase the right of way, obtain the proper permitting, coordinate the utility relocations, and construct the project, all under a single contract. Initial work will focus on the engineering and design of the project, with construction beginning after issuance of the environmental permits. Allowing the design and construction to overlap expedites construction, enhances innovation and constructability, and may reduce costs.

More information can be found on this site, which will be updated through the construction. A digital newsletter will be distributed, and can be subscribed to online. Project updates will be also be sent via the NCDOT Twitter feed using the hash tag #Biz40NC. Project-related photos can be viewed on Flickr.

Media Availability for Advertising of Contractor Selection for Business 40 Improvement Project
Date: January 14, 2016
What: ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Media Availability for Advertising of Contractor Selection for Business 40 Improvement Project in Winston-Salem
When: Friday, January 15 from 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Where: 375 Silas Creek Parkway Winston-Salem, NC 27127 (MAP)

The N.C. Department of Transportation will host media availability on Friday, January 15, as we’ve completed the development of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Business 40 Improvement Project, and now the project is being advertised to potential contractors. NCDOT hopes to select the winning team in July 2016.

Comments will be made starting at 10:45 a.m. Media outlets should arrive at the Division Office no later than 10:30 a.m.

NCDOT Division Engineer Pat Ivey, will be available for questions and a copy of the Special Notice (Advertisement) will be provided.

The N.C. Department of Transportation is beginning the project development studies to completely upgrade and streamline a one-mile section of U.S. 421/Business 40 from west of Fourth Street to east of Church Street in Winston-Salem. The project will include removing the existing pavement and replacing it with new concrete pavement. The project will also modernize the entrance and exit ramps, and replace most of the bridges on and over Business 40 with new bridges that meet current traffic demands and modern design specifications. The project will create a safer, longer lasting roadway that will help drivers get where they need to go more efficiently.

For real-time travel information, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of or follow NCDOT on Twitter using the project hashtag #Biz40NC. You can also view current project photo’s online at

For more media questions contact Division 7 & 9 Communications Officer Miracle King at (336) 487-0157 or


 Newsletters & Mailings


​Newsletters and other important information about the Business 40 improvement project are available below.

Summer 2017 Newsletter

For a copy of archived newsletters contact NCDOT’s Public Records Department at: (919) 707-2663. ​​​