US-based infrastructure contractor Flatiron, together with its joint venture partner Blythe Development, has secured a contract to build three additional segments of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway in Forsyth County, North Carolina.
The $140m I-74 Winston Salem Beltway project will include a seven-mile stretch of six-lane divided facility from University Parkway to Old Walkertown Road.
The project will also include new bridges, drainage, overhead signs, and ITS devices.
The three new segments (U-2579D, E and F) are part of the planned 34-mile semicircle around the northern side of Winston-Salem.
Once completed, the beltway is expected to reduce traffic congestion, provide better regional connectivity and provide residents with improved access to jobs, educational opportunities and area services.
Design is expected to begin soon and construction in mid-2019. The project is expected to be completed in 2021.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is building the multi-lane freeway that loops around the northern part of Winston-Salem. The estimated cost of the project is $1.74bn.
The Winston-Salem Northern Beltway is divided into two parts – the Eastern Loop and the Western Loop.
Part of the future I-74 corridor, the 17.1-mile Eastern Loop (U-2579), runs from US 52 to I-74/US 311, and the 17.4-mile Western Loop (R-2247) runs from US 158 (Stratford Road) to US 52.
The Eastern Loop is funded for $1.067bn and the Western Loop is funded for approximately $673m.
In July 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly rescinded corridor protection maps for the (US 158 to US 52), which went into effect on 6 October 1997, and Eastern Loop (US 52 to US 311), which went into effect on 26 November 2008.
A protected corridor restricts certain types of development in a corridor, which includes land NCDOT expects it will need to build a road. Building is restricted in the corridor in accordance with the Transportation Corridor Official Map Act.
On 27 October 2015, the NCDOT submitted updated designs for the US 52 interchange at Bethania-Rural Hall Road and the surrounding area in Rural Hall.
On 25 June 2013, NCDOT presented a revised map for a portion of the Western Loop from US 421 to Robinhood Road, and at the Beltway interchange with Bethania-Tobaccoville Road.
Also, a previously proposed access road from Tilmark Drive to Peace Haven Road was removed.
NCDOT later decided not to adopt or file the proposed revised map.