How Will The Closure of Business 40 Affect You?
As a Winstonite, you've probably been hearing rumors about the potential closing of highway 40-B (Business 40), that runs through downtown Winston-Salem. Well, the rumors have become a reality. The stretch of highway that runs for approximately one mile through downtown Winston-Salem will close, beginning in 2015, for a span of at least two years.
Which Part of Business 40 is Affected?
The construction on Business 40 will take place from east of Church St. to just west of 4th St. Why is this being done? Business 40 has old on and off-ramps, and tight curves from the days when cars didn't travel as quickly as they do today. If you've visited downtown Winston-Salem and gotten on and off Business 40 you no doubt know what we're talking about. On the on ramp, you literally need to wait and then gun the engine when you see a space. Likewise, drivers in the right lane frequently have to pull into into the left lane to let people in.
The renovation will address these issues - creating longer on and exit ramps, and smoothing out the tight curves to allow for a smoother ride.
Why is Business 40 Being Closed Completely?
Citizens of Winston-Salem city were surveyed over the past couple years to get their opinion on whether Business 40 should close completely for a couple years, or for six years, and keeping one lane open at all times. The decision to complete the repair in two years has a fiscal impact as well - money will be saved, in addition to the repairs being completed more quickly. It was somewhat close though - 61% of survey respondents said they preferred to have the work completed in two years.
Work will be done to improve 11 bridges, making them more aesthetically pleasing at the same time that they are fortified and made more stable. Winston-Salem has been called the City of the Arts. This will hopefully give designers a chance to bring passers by into the artistic world of our city.
How do You Feel About Business 40 Renovation?
Are you happy the renovation is being done? Do you feel it's necessary? Are you okay with the two-year full closure decision? Comment below and share your opinion with fellow Winstonites.