Comprehensive Streetscape Design Project

The City of Winston-Salem desires to engage a private firm for the following project: a comprehensive streetscape design and cost estimate of Business 40 (US 421) from west of Fourth Street to east of Church Street, including the design of a multi-use bicycle/pedestrian path within the corridor with connections to the city's Strollway.

NCDOT has initiated a public process to improve the aesthetic appearance of the future bridges, interchanges and related roadway infrastructure. Numerous public meetings, hearings and workshops have been held the last few years to help define the look and visual components for the proposed project.

Parallel to the public process, the Creative Corridors Coalition (C3), a private non-profit citizens group, developed its own master plan and design guidelines for the corridor in 2011 and it was adopted by the City of Winston-Salem. The C3 master plan has four main elements in its design – that the corridor will become a Green, Artful, Iconic, Network (GAIN). While most of the basic decisions of the freeway’s geometric design are featured in the roadway’s “deep cut” alternatives, the appearance of the corridor from end to end has of yet not been decided. The need for bringing the elements of both processes into developing a comprehensive streetscape design for the entire corridor is apparent.

All firms are invited to submit letters of interest for providing the requested landscape architecture, civil engineering and urban design services by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Letters of interest submitted after this deadline will not be considered. The submittal, in PDF format, should be submitted to Greg Errett, AICP, Transportation Planning Manager to the following e-mail address:

All questions concerning this request for Letters of Interest or the scope of this work should be directed to Greg Errett, AICP, Transportation Planning Manager,, phone (336) 747-6871.


Business 40 Improvement Project

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is in the early planning stages for the reconstruction and improvement of the Business 40 freeway, from west of Fourth Street to east of Church Street in downtown Winston-Salem. The 1.2 mile long project includes the replacement of ten bridges, rebuilding the highway’s pavement, and improving related roadway infrastructure beginning in 2016 with completion by 2021. The project’s primary goal is to enhance the overall safety of the corridor by improving interchange spacing and ramp geometrics, reducing the number of interchanges, widen shoulders, improve bridge clearances, provide better lighting, and bringing other design elements up to modern standards. The project will not add capacity to the highway but will make the current highway as safe and as efficient as possible.

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Environmental Assessment

Business 40 Environmental Assessment CoverAn Environmental Assessment (EA) has been approved for the Business 40 Improvements project and is now available for Public Review and Comment. An EA documents the analysis of the possible positive and negative impacts that a proposed project may have on the environment, social, and economic aspects of the area. The purpose of the document is to determine if the proposed project will significantly affect the environment. If significant impacts are identified, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared. If no significant impacts are identified, a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) will be prepared.

The EA investigated a range of alternatives including a “No Build” option which identifies possible impacts if nothing is done at all and provides a baseline for the analyses. Based on the analyses completed thus far, the EA identifies the two alternatives which will be carried forward for additional analyses and public review and comment by all interested parties.  A Public Hearing will be held in the summer of 2014 to formally present the project and receive comments.  Additional details regarding the date, time and location of the Public Hearing will be available in the coming weeks.  Comments regarding the EA can be submitted to:

Mr. Michael Penney, PE
Project Development and Environmental Analysis Unit
North Carolina Department of Transportation
1548 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC, 27699-1548
Phone: (919) 707-6006

Public comments on the EA will be accepted through the Public Hearing comment period.

Following the Public Hearing and a review of all public comments, a Preferred Alternative will be selected.  A determination as to the significance of the identified impacts of the Preferred Alternative will be made and either an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) will then be prepared.

The links below will allow you to view the EA online.  In addition, copies of the document are also available for review at the following locations:
Winston-Salem Urban Area MPO​
100 East First Street, Suite 307
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

NCDOT Division Office
375 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27127

Forsyth County Public Library
Central Library – North Carolina Reading Room
660 West 5th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Winston-Salem State University
C.G. O'Kelly Library - Main Circulation Desk
601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Winston Salem, NC 27110


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