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:

  • Evaluate the removal and replacement of trees as recommended by a certified arborist
  • Evaluate street lighting options
  • 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

For further information, please email Jeff Fansler, City of Winston-Salem Acting Deputy Director of Transportation.

Project Updates

Project Updates, as of January 13, 2020
  • Sidewalks:  Curbing repair will continue on Salt Street, north of Bank Street. 
  • Street Lighting:  None
  • Trees:  None
  • Stormwater:  
  • Water: Service will be interrupted in certain areas on Tuesday, Jan. 28 for most of the day. Replace 16" x 6" cross with a 16" x 6" tee, remove hydrant at bathroom area and remove waterline presently passing through sewer manhole. Resume 6" waterline install on Main St. north of Academy Street toward Bank St.
  • Paving:  If paving crew is available later in the week and if material is available, we will begin paving ditch line on Church Street (possibly Thursday and/or Friday). 
  1. Project Overview
  2. Sidewalks
  3. Lighting
  4. Trees
  5. Stormwater
  6. Water/Sewer

Construction of infrastructure improvements for the first phase of this project, which has been contracted with Ramey, Inc. started April 2, 2018. This project is proposed to reduce the potential for injury due to uneven and broken sidewalks, re-establish tree canopies, improve street lighting and maintain consistency with historic preservation requirements. Excavation plays a large role in this project.  Therefore, the City has contracted an archaeologist to ensure that any cultural artifacts of significance unearthed during process are properly cataloged and preserved.

On April 3, 2018 city Council Member John Larson and city staff presented details on the first phase of the rehabilitation at the Old Salem Visitors Center. View Old Salem Infrastructure Improvements presentation [pdf/12mb/23p].

Phase 1 of the work includes replacement of or improvements to the following elements: