Road work on U.S. 52 and I-40 will affect motorists

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - A repair project lasting almost a year at the interchange of U.S. 52 and Interstate 40 in Winston-Salem will cause lane, ramp and loop closures when it starts on Tuesday, the N.C. Department of Transportation said.

Motorists should also watch out for a shorter-term project on U.S. 52 between Akron Drive and Hanes Mill Road that will involve lane closures today through Thursday.

Starting Tuesday, the work on the I-40 interchange with U.S. 52 will go on from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays and go on continuously on weekends from 7 p.m. Fridays through 5 a.m. Mondays.

State highway officials said that during the first week of construction, the 193-A exit loop from I-40 west to U.S. 52 south will close nightly from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, starting on Tuesday and running through Friday. Motorists will detour on Silas Creek Parkway, I-40 east and U.S. 52 south.

From Wednesday through Friday, work crews will close exit ramp 107-B from U.S. 52 south to I-40 west as well as the right lane of U.S. 52 south at mile marker 107. The ramp and lane will reopen each morning by 5 a.m.

On Friday, Aug. 4 the ramp and lane will be closed from 7 p.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday.

Detours will follow East Clemmonsville Road, U.S. 52 north and I-40 west.

State highway officials will be announcing future closures as they come closer in time. The entire project at the interchange doesn't finish until June 2018.

Work is being done now so that the condition of the roadway at the interchange can be improved before the start of a rehabilitation of Business 40 that gets underway downtown in 2018 and keeps Business 40 closed for almost two years.

Other streets in the city are expected to see increases in traffic volume, so the state is doing work now to get ready.

Pat Ivey, the division engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation in Forsyth County, said that the work at the interchange is being done under a $12.3 million contract awarded to Lane Construction Corp. of Connecticut to repair jointed concrete pavement slabs and extend the life of the road.

Ivey said the work will also make the interchange a lot easier to drive.

The work is being done during nights and weekends to minimize impacts to traffic, highway officials said.

The pavement work on U.S. 52 on the north side of town will involve alternating lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, when the work will be complete.

Crews will be repairing broken pavement on U.S. 52 north from Akron Drive to Hanes Mill Road.

Highway officials said motorists should watch for signs with construction information and obey posted speeds when traveling through work areas.