Department of Transportation

"Enhancing Mobility, Improving the Journey"

The Transportation department has a focus on moving people and goods safely and efficiently on the surface transportation system in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. We aspire to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain our system so that congestion, delay and traffic accidents are minimized while transportation choices and emergency services are maximized.

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2020-2029 Transportation Improvement Plan Development

Prioritization is NCDOT's decision making tool for developing the State's Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which is a listing of projects to be delivered within an upcoming ten-year work program.  The current round is known as Prioritization 5.0 or P5.0, and will develop the 2020-2029 STIP.  Through coordinated efforts with the State's Prioritization Office, Division 9 of NCDOT, surrounding MPO and RPOs and local cooperation, the Winston-Salem Urban Area MPO has identified projects for all modes, including highway, bicycle/pedestrian, transit, and aviation to be evaluated for inclusion into the State's final work program.  

A final list of projects, resources and additional information can be found on the MPO's SPOT webpage.  

SPOT webpage


Public Feedback Requested

Bicycle Master Plan Public Input Website

The City of Winston-Salem Department of Transportation is in the process of creating a new bicycle master plan and the draft recommendations are available for review. Visit the Winston-Salem Bicycle Master Plan website to take surveys, review the recommendations, and comment on maps. 


City of Winston-Salem

Bus Pass Match Distribution Program
for Eligible Nonprofit Organizations

Update:

Thank you to all the applicants and participants of the Bus Pass Match Distribution Program for Fiscal Year 2018.

In June 2018, City Council approved continuation of the program. The program will now include the following passes:

a.  1-ride Fixed Route Pass
b.  1-ride TransAid Pass
c.  10-ride Fixed Route Pass
d.  30-ride TransAid Pass

For more information please reference the Program Information.

Application are available via this webpage or the front desk of the Winston-Salem Department of Transportation’s office (Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building, Suite 307-100 E. First Street).

Applications (located below) may be submitted by email (), in-person or by fax (336-747-6876).

Any questions or concerns, please contact Laura Nixon, Engineering Technician (). 

Program Information [pdf/120kb/1p]

***Application [pdf - fillable electronically]***
Background of the Program:

Local non-profit organizations that provide, or are willing to provide, free WSTA bus passes to their clients are invited to apply for additional free passes under the Bus Pass Matching Distribution Program.  This program was authorized by City Council as part of the city’s Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget.

The council has allocated $90,000 for the program, which can be used for two types of passes: 10-ride bus passes on WSTA’s fixed routes, or 30-ride Trans-Aid passes. For every pass that an agency buys for its clients, the city will provide a matching pass. Applications for matching passes will be approved on a rolling basis, first-come, first served. There is no limit to the number of matching passes that an organization may request.  The following organizations are currently utilizing the Bus Pass Match Distribution Program:

The Enrichment Center, 1006 Marshall Street, Winston-Salem, 27101
Positive Wellness Alliance, 1006 Marshall Street, Winston-Salem, 27101
Monarch, 651 N. Highland Avenue, Winston-Salem, 27101
Senior Services, Inc., 2895 Shorefair Drive, Winston-Salem, 27101


Winston-Salem Community Connector

The Winston-Salem Community Connector is a visionary and transformative bicycle and pedestrian project to move our community into the future while reconnecting to the past. This project will greatly enhance transportation and mobility options, create employment opportunities, support environmental health and fundamentally improve our city as a place to live, work, and visit. Find out more about the Community Connector.

There were 585 applications received for the $500,000,000 and while our project was favorably received, we were not selected. Thank you to all who participated in our application process.

Business 40 Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Improvements

The City of Winston-Salem and the North Carolina Department of Transportation are developing a series of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements as part of the efforts to upgrade and streamline I-40 (Business) through downtown Winston-Salem. The highway aspect of 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 to meet current traffic demands and modern design specifications. When those bridges are redesigned, bicycle and pedestrian improvements will be included to accommodate walking and cycling trips along and across the Business 40 corridor. Most notably, the City of Winston-Salem has proposed a multi-use path for cyclists and pedestrian that would parallel the highway from Lockland Avenue to Liberty Street, providing a safe and comfortable active transportation option with separation from motor vehicle traffic.

For further information, please contact Matthew Burczyk, City of Winston-Salem Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator at .

WSTA Bus Stop Improvement Study

The Winston-Salem Transit Authority (WSTA) is currently in the process of restructuring its routes to improve efficiency and service. In a parallel effort, WSTA has undertaken a bus stop improvement study to investigate stop locations, improve the the rider experience and perception, and address accessibility, safety, and equity. The study addresses questions of how to include route and system information at stop locations and how to improve accessibility and safety through infrastructure improvements, including the installation of concrete pads, bus shelters, benches, and other features. For detailed information on the study, please view the WSTA Bus Stop Improvement Study [pdf/4.9mb/24p].


Old Salem Infrastructure Improvements

Most of the sidewalks within the Old Salem area are constructed of brick or stone and have been displaced due to large trees, some of which have exceeded their life expectancy or are otherwise in poor condition. This project will reconstruct sidewalks in a way that maintains the historic character of Old Salem in conformance with American with Disabilities Act (ADA) sidewalk requirements for historic preservation districts; evaluate the removal and replacement of trees as recommended by a certified arborist; and street lighting options will also be evaluated.

For further information, please contact:

Jeff Fansler, City of Winston-Salem Acting Deputy Director of Transportation at jeffreygf@cityofws.org


Project Updates

  • Business 40 Waterline Work
    • Flatiron Construction Company will begin relocating water lines in preparation for the Business 40 project starting on June 12, 2017.  Flatiron will be working on 1st Street from Church Street to Peters Creek Parkway working two block segments at a time from east to west.  The first two block segment will be between Church Street and Liberty Street.  Traffic control will be in place as well as detours.  Attached is the detour route.

Road, Sidewalk and Parking Closures

  • Road Closure on 4th Street, between Cherry Street and Trade Street
    November 21, 2018; 4:00 AM to 6:00 AM
    A contractor has been given permission to close 4th Street between Cherry Street and Trade Street on November 21, 2018 from 4:00 AM to 6:00 AM to hoist roofing material onto the roof of 271 W 4th Street.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Road Closure on Magnolia Street, between Queen Street and Cloverdale Avenue
    November 12, 2018; 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
    A contractor will close Magnolia Street between Queen Street and Cloverdale Avenue on November 12, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM to utilize a crane to remove a tree.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Lane Closure on 3rd Street and Church Street, between Main Street and Chestnut Street
    November 5, 2018 - November 9, 2018
    The City of Winston-Salem Department of Transportation will be closing 3rd Street from Main Street to Chestnut Street.  Chestnut Street will remain open where it crosses 3rd Street.  The west-bound lanes on 3rd Street between Chestnut Street and Patterson Avenue.  East-bound traffic will be allowed through within the block.  Detour signs will be posted along all routes.  The signal at 3rd Street and Church Street will be out of service during this time.  

    Closure Map [pdf/137kb/1p]

  • Lane Closure on 3rd Street, between Chestnut Street and Patterson Avenue
    November 5, 2018 - November 9, 2018
    The City of Winston-Salem Department of Transportation will be closing westbound traffic on 3rd Street between Chestnut Street and Patterson Street.  This closure is occurring to change the signal poles at the intersection of 3rd Street and Church Street.  During this time, though the intersection at Church and 3rd will be open the signals will be out of service.  All other intersections along 3rd Street will be open with active signals.  The City will manage detours and traffic.

    Closure Map [pdf/137kb/1p]

  • Road Closure on 3rd Street, between Main Street and Chestnut Street
    November 5, 2018 - November 9, 2018
    The City of Winston-Salem Department of Transportation will be closing 3rd Street, between Main Street and Chestnut Street to through traffic.  Access will be available to vehicles on the eastern half of the block for parking at the Forsyth County Public Safety Center, and the access driveway to the Forsyth County Detention Center.  This closure is occurring to change the signal poles at the intersection of 3rd Street and Church Street.  During this time, though the intersection at Church and 3rd will be open the signals will be out of service.  All other intersections along 3rd Street will be open with active signals.  The City will manage detours and traffic.

    Closure Map [pdf/137kb/1p]

  • Lane Closure on 5th Street, between Spruce Street and Spring Street
    October 23, 2018 - October 30, 2018
    The westbound lanes of 5th Street between Spruce Street and Spring Street will be closed beginning October 23, 2018 for approximately one week to make water line repairs.  Traffic control and detours will be in place.

  • Lane Closure on Peters Creek Parkway, the bridge over Business 40
    October 19, 2018 - October 20, 2018
    On Friday afternoon, October 19, 2018, NCDOT will close the right lane of northbound Peters Creek Parkway at the bridge over Business 40 and the lane closure will stay in through the afternoon rush hour and for most of the day Saturday.  The left lane of northbound Peters Creek Parkway will be open to traffic.  This closure is due to preparation for pouring the second half of Peters Creek Parkway bridge deck on the morning of October 20, 2018.

  • Road Closure on Patterson Avenue, between 4th Street and 5th Street
    October 22, 2018 - October 24, 2018, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
    A contractor will close Patterson Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets from October 22, 2018 to October 24, 2018, from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM to work on the underground electrical duct bank.  The contractor will use steel plates and open the roadway at night.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Road Closure on Spruce Street, between 5th Street and 6th Street
    October 17, 2018 and October 18, 2018 
    A contractor will close Spruce Street between 5th and 6th Streets on October 17, 2018 and October 18, 2018 to make a sewer line repair.  The road way will be open at night.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control. 

  • Road Closure on Cherry Street, between 1st Street and 2nd Street
    October 13, 2018 - October 14, 2018 and October 20, 2018 to October 21, 2018
    A contractor will close Cherry Street between 1st Street and 2nd Street beginning at 6:00 AM on October 13, 2018 to 5:00 PM on October 14, 2018 to remove HVAC equipment from the roof of a building.  The contractor may be able to reopen the road by 5:00 PM on October 13, 2018 if the removal runs smoothly.  Traffic control and detours will be in place.

    The same contractor will close Cherry Street again at the same location beginning at 6:00 AM on October 20, 2018 to 5:00 pm on October 21, 2018 to reinstall HVAC equipment onto the roof of the building.  If the installation runs smoothly, the contractor will reopen the road early.  Traffic control and detours will be in place.

  • Lane Closure on Spring Street, 4th Street, and Broad Street, between 4th Street and 4 1/2 Street
    October 12, 2018 - October 14, 2018
    A contractor will use a lift to perform maintenance work on the building located at 751 W. 4th Street.  The contractor will close Spring Street between 4th and 4 1/2 Streets on Friday 10-12-18 from 8:30 am to 12 pm.  He will then relocate to the 4th Street side of the building but will only block the on-street parking spaces until about 4:00 pm.  The contractor will return to 4th Street on Sunday 10-14-18 to finish and move to the Broad Street side of the building, where the contractor will close one lane of northbound Broad Street between 4th Street and 4 ½ Street.  The work should be completed on Broad Street by 3:00 pm.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

  • Road Closure on 6th Street, between Trade and Marshall Street
    October 8, 2018 – October 12, 2018
    6th Street between Cherry and Trade Street, will be closed to through traffic starting at 9AM Monday, October 8, to relocate a traffic signal cabinet and replace the signal pole at the intersection of 6th and Cherry Streets.  The westbound lane of 6th Street will be closed between Cherry and Marshall Streets, the eastbound lanes within that block will remain open.  

    The traffic signal at 6th and Cherry Street will be out of service.  Cherry Street will remain open to traffic.  Work is scheduled to be completed and the street reopened by Friday, October 12.  A detour will be posted.  

  • Road Closure on 8th Street, between Marshall Street and Cherry Street
    October 6, 2018 – November 9, 2018
    As work continues on the Business 40 project, starting Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 7 AM, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will be closing 8th Street, between Marshall Street and Cherry Street.  This closure will also close the left turn lane from Marshall Street onto 8th Street.  NCDOT will manage the detour and wayfinding.

    Detour Map

  • Sidewalk Closure, 4th Street and Broad Street
    October 4, 2018 - October 6, 2018; 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
    A contractor will utilize the on-street parking spaces and a portion of the sidewalk on the southwest corner of 4th and Broad Streets to utilize a lift to make repairs to the building (no road or lane closures).  They will start on Broad Street on October 4, 2018 and move the 4th Street side on October 5 and October 6, 2018.  The contractor is responsible for barricading the sidewalk for pedestrian safety.  

  • Road Closure on 4th Street, between Liberty Street and Trade Street
    October 1, 2018 - October 5, 2018
    4th Street from Liberty Street to Trade Street will be closed for signal pole changeout.  Trade Street and 4th Street from Trade to Cherry Street will remain open.  Detour signs will be posted along all routes.  Detour map shown below.  

    Detour Map

  • **Business 40 - Peters Creek Parkway**
    October 30, 2017 - Fall 2018
    In the upcoming weeks, NCDOT will start working on Business 40 improvements on Peters Creek Parkway.  The first phase of the Business 40 improvement project is slated to begin October 23, 2017.  The construction on Peters Creek Parkway is expected to last until fall 2018.  Expect temporary lane closures on both Peters Creek Parkway and Business 40 during this time frame. Please visit business40nc.com for additional information.

  • **Business 40 - Water Main schedule on 1st Street**
    October 30, 2017 - TBD
    The contractor for the water main work on 1st Street will be moving into the next work area between Cherry Street and Spruce Street on the week beginning on October 30, 2017.  One lane traffic will be maintained during construction.  Full street closure will only be utilized when necessary and will be performed as night work after 7:00 pm.  The contractor will be responsible for all traffic control.

  • Road Closure on Spruce Street, between Fifth Street and Holly Aveune
    September 24, 2018 - September 28, 2018
    Spruce Street, between Fifth Street and Holly Avenue, will be closed to through traffic starting at 9A.M. Monday, September 24 to relocate a traffic signal and replace the signal pole at the intersection of Spruce and Fourth Streets.  Work is scheduled to be completed and the street reopened by Friday, September 28th.  A detour route will be posted.  Fourth Street will remain open to traffic where it crosses Spruce Street.  The traffic signal at Fourth and Spruce streets will be out of service during this time. 

  • Road Closure on Spruce Street, between Fifth Street and Holly Avenue
    September 24, 2018 - September 28, 2018
    Spruce Street, between Fifth Street and Holly Avenue, will be closed to through traffic starting at 9A.M. Monday, September 24 to relocate a traffic signal and replace the signal pole at the intersection of Spruce and Fourth Streets.  Work is scheduled to be completed and the street reopened by Friday, September 28th.  A detour route will be posted.  Fourth Street will remain open to traffic where it crosses Spruce Street.  The traffic signal at Fourth and Spruce streets will be out of service during this time.   

    Detour Route Map

  • Road Closure on Main Street, between Blum Street and Race Street
    September 18, 2018 (for approximately 2 weeks)
    Main Street will be closed from Blum Street to Race Street for approximately 2 weeks.  A detour route will be posted which utilizes Church Street that parallels Main Street to the east.  This closure and detour route is contained within the Old Salem Historic District and expected to start today (Tuesday, September 18, 2018).   

  • Road Closure on Main Street, between 2nd and 3rd Streets
    Beginning August 20, 2018
    A contractor will close the on-street parking spaces adjacent to the Hiram Ward Federal Building in the 200 block of Main Street beginning August 20, 2018 for demolition of the pedestrian plaza.  The adjacent northbound right turn lane will also be closed during off peak hours (open in the am and pm rush weekdays).  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control.

    UPDATE: Road closure postponed until mid-September.  Exact date to be determined.

  • Sidewalk Closure at 640 W. 4th Street
    October 23, 2017
    A contractor will install a construction fence in front of 640 W. 4th Street beginning the week of October 23, 2017 for demolition of the existing building and construction of a new building.  Pedestrians will be advised to use the sidewalk across the street.

  • Road closure on 7th Street, between Main Street and Chestnut Avenue
    Time:  Indefinitely or TBA
    A drainage project to repair a caved in storm drain is currently underway on 7th Street between Main Street and Chestnut Avenue. Winston-Salem DOT will be responsible for all traffic control in coordination with Norfolk Southern. 7th Street in the areas between Main Street and Chestnut Avenue will be closed indefinitely until further notice.

  • Lane Closure for Union Station Renovation Project
    Beginning August 1, 2017
    The contractor working on the renovations at Union Station will close a portion of the unnamed roadway (see attached map) for construction of a retaining wall and storm water lines.  The contractor will be responsible for all traffic control. The contractor will try to maintain two way traffic for the 10 week construction timeframe. See map for additional details.

  • Road Closure on Chestnut Street, between 5th and 6th Streets
    April 6, 2017 
    Samet Construction Company will begin the construction of a new building in the parking lot bounded by 5th Street, 6th Street, Patterson Avenue and Chestnut Street beginning April 6, 2017.  A construction fence will be installed around the site and Chestnut Street will be closed between 5th and 6th Streets for the duration of the construction.  The contractor is responsible for all traffic control. 

  • Bike Facility and Sidewalk Updates

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