U.S. 52 Improvement Project
The project will streamline and repave one-half mile of U.S. 52 from U.S. 421/Business 40 to Akron Drive, and improve part of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Winston-Salem.

This section of U.S. 52 was built in the 1960s. It was not designed to handle the 80,000-90,000 vehicles that travel on it each day. Ramp configurations make merging on and off the highway difficult, resulting in congestion. In addition, much of the traffic traveling on this section of the highway is entering and exiting the city, so streamlining the road will make traveling through Winston-Salem easier and more efficient.

Renovating this road will extend its lifespan and allow it to accommodate a growing level of traffic. The upgrades will also help prepare Winston-Salem for the Business 40 Improvement Project in 2018. It will close 1.1 miles of Business 40 in downtown Winston-Salem for up to two years to make major improvements. Much of the traffic on Business 40 will be detoured onto U.S. 52.

NCDOT awarded the $13.1 million contract for the U.S. 52 Improvement Project to APAC-Atlantic Inc. Thompson Arthur Division of Greensboro. Work started on June 8, 2011, with final completion set for Nov. 1, 2012.
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