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Winston-Salem Northern Beltway

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The Winston-Salem Northern Beltway will be a 35 Mile 3/4 Loop highway that will start at I-74 on the southeast side of Winston-Salem travel north and west to US 52 then back south and west to I-40, then east to US 158 near Clemmons. The Beltway is being built in sections, currently mostly on the eastern side, and is planned to be completed around 2032. Here's an NCDOT map of the route and the planned construction dates from July 2019:

Winston-Salem Journal map from NCDOT/Greensboro Planning Unit of Winston-Salem Beltway progress, July 2019

The Beltway was developed in Eastern and Western Sections. Opened parts of the eastern section will be originally signed as NC 74 (the first from Business 40 to US 158 in the fall of 2019) until the Beltway is connected to current I-74 to the southeast. For more information, construction photos, and sign plans for this section, visit the I-74 Segment 4 page. (It also contains a history of the Beltway as a whole, I plan to move that information to this page shortly).

The Western Section has been designated NC 452 by NCDOT, but they received permission from AASHTO to designate it also as Future I-274 on May 20, 2019 and included this map of the future interstate, totaling 16.8 miles, in their application, it includes the segment between I-40 and US 158.1

NCDOT map of future I-274 submitted to AASHTO as part of application in October 2018

Construction is to start on the western section in 2023. The Draft 2020-2029 STIP shows funding now available to build the remaining Western Section segments, starting with the US 52 (Future I-74) interchange and the segment from just south of the US 52 interchange to NC 67. In 2026 construction work is to start from NC 67 to SR 1348 (Meadowlark Drive/Robinhood Road) while works is to start from SR 1348 to US 421, including remaining work on the interchange with US 421 not already constructed as part of the US 52 interchange project, in 2027. The remainder of the western section, though not fully funded yet, is to start construction in 2029.3

How soon it will be signed as I-274 is an open question. It could be after the first segment from US 52 to NC 67 is open around 2025/26. Contract documents for the design-let contract currently building the US 52 interchange with Future I-74 in the section on signing state I-274 is to appear on the future overhead signs put up at the project conclusion (Future I-74 will be initially signed here as well as NC 74):

Overhead Sign Installations, Items A – M, and the following locations, unless allowed otherwise elsewhere in this RFP:

• An option lane at a freeway / expressway multi-lane exit or freeway / ramp split (use Arrow Per Lane signs)

• A freeway lane ends (freeway lane drop)

• Three or more lanes on a freeway

• All Traffic Exit on freeway and ramps

• On US 52 southbound at the Westinghouse Road interchange – One full-span overhead sign assembly that accommodates the exit directional sign, and advance guide signs for the US 52, NC 65 and future I-274 interchanges

• At the NC 74 eastbound / US 52 southbound split – One full-span overhead sign assembly that accommodates the exit directional sign for US 52 / NC 65 and future I-274, and the pull through sign for NC 74

• On the US 52 southbound collector distributor - One full-span overhead sign assembly that accommodates the exit directional sign for NC 65, and the advance guide sign for future I-274

• At the NC 74 westbound / US 52 northbound split – One full-span overhead sign assembly that accommodates the exit directional sign for US 52 / NC 65 and future I-274, and the pull through sign for NC 74

• On US 52 northbound at the NC 65 interchange – One full-span overhead sign assembly that accommodates the exit directional sign for NC 65, pull through sign for US 52, and any lane drop signage, as necessary

• On US 52 northbound at the NC 74 interchange – One full-span overhead sign assembly that accommodates the exit directional sign for NC 74 and future I-274, and the advance guide sign for NC 65

• On US 52 northbound at the Hanes Mill Road interchange – One full-span overhead sign assembly that accommodates the exit directional sign for Hanes Mill Road, and the advance guide sign for NC 74 and future I-274.2


Notes

(1) NCDOT. 2018. Final Request For Proposals, Design-Build Project TIP R-2247EB, Winston-Salem Northern Beltway Interchange with US 52 (Future I-74), p. 258. Downloaded from: https://connect.ncdot.gov/letting/Design%20Build%20Program/R-2247EB/R-2247EB%20Final%20RFP%20Corrected% 20with%20Disclaimer.pdf, Nov. 26, 2018.

(2) NCDOT. 2019. Application to AASHTO for the Establishment of an Interstate Route (I-274 Future). April 23. Downloaded from: https://route.transportation.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2019/06/006_USRN-Applications-Spring-Meeting_-NC-VA_Part-4.pdf, June 4, 2019.

(3) NCDOT. 2017. State Transportation Improvement Program, 2020 to 2029, Draft, Division 9, Page 9-8/31.

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