Winston-Salem Department of Transportation
Downtown Two-Way Street Conversion

DROP IN INFORMATION SESSIONS!

Learn more about the plans, view maps and ask questions at any of these meetings:

  • Thursday, Feb. 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, Lexington Ballroom, 401 N. Main St., Winston-Salem.
  • Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., BB&T Ballpark, Flow Club, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 951 Ballpark Way, Winston-Salem. 
  • Tuesday, March 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Stuart Municipal Building, Third Floor Conference Room, 100 E. First St., Winston-Salem.
  • Thursday, March 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Stuart Municipal Building, Third Floor Conference Room, 100 E. First St., Winston-Salem.

Project Overview

The city Transportation Department is preparing to convert several one-way downtown streets to two-way traffic. They are:

  • First Street, between Peters Creek Parkway and Spruce Street.
  • Portions of Second Street, including the connector between Peters Creek Parkway and Broad Street.
  • Main Street, between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Brookstown Avenue.
  • Liberty Street, between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Brookstown Avenue.

The Chamber of Commerce/Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership Business 40 Task Force recommended the two-way conversion to slow traffic speeds, promote pedestrian use, improve connectivity of the downtown street network and enhance the overall downtown business environment.

A study by an independent traffic engineering firm concluded that these changes were feasible after looking at both:

  1. The effect that the new exit and entrance ramp configurations for the Salem Parkway (formerly Business 40) will have on downtown traffic; and
  2. The anticipated volume of traffic in 2040.

First Street will remain predominately a westbound route, and Second Street will remain predominantly an eastbound route. Likewise Liberty Street will remain primarily a southbound route, and Main a northbound route, which is consistent with their current usage. However, two-way traffic will improve circulation patterns and make it easier for downtown visitors to get to their destinations.

A detailed discussion of the plans, including maps, is contained in the Downtown Street Study Report (PDF). Bear in mind that this report, completed in 2015, includes some details that are out of date.

Map of sections of First and Second Streets to be converted to two-way traffic

Scope of Work

The project includes:

  • Resurfacing the streets.
  • New lane markings & traffic lights.
  • Modifications of on-street parking in select locations.
  • Corner curb extensions ("bulb-outs") at select intersections to shorten pedestrian crossing distances, improve pedestrian visibility to vehicles and provide protected on-street parking zones.
  • Realignment of Old Salem Road at Brookstown Avenue.

Timetable

Current plans call for work to begin on the conversion of First and Second streets this summer. Work is expected to take about a year.

Work on Liberty and Main streets will begin once First and Second are completed. 

Current traffic patterns will remain in place during construction. Lane closures may be required at times to place new traffic signals and build corner extensions.