Innovation Business 40 Improvement Project Progress Meeting 4 20 17
Business 40 Improvement Project Progress Meeting 4/20/17(PID:34003066432)
posted by alias NCDOTcommunications on Thursday 20th of April 2017 11:02:52 AM
Contractors and NCDOT Engineers met to discuss US 421 / I-40 Business Reconstruction (U-2827B) as part of the ongoing project development. Some general items addressed include: Design, Utilities, Permitting, Right-of-Way and Public Communication. Team members meet on a frequent basis. About the project: The first section of interstate highway in North Carolina, the 1.2-mile section of U.S. 421/I-40 Business through downtown Winston-Salem opened in 1958 as part of the East-West Expressway. Since then, it has served the city and state well – requiring little maintenance – but because of its age and the outdated design standards, it can no longer accommodate the growing traffic demands of the area. The combination of age and insufficiencies, coupled with the increasing traffic volumes and accidents, prompted the N.C. Department of Transportation to make a big decision in 2006. It was time to rebuild and streamline the section of Business 40 from west of Fourth Street to east of Church Street. After nearly ten years of planning, the "new and improved" Business 40 will be constructed to meet current design standards so that it can function safely and effectively for the next 50 years – the typical lifespan of an interstate. Project Highlights Planning and design for the project began in 2007, and crews broke ground on the $99.2 million project in October 2016. Work, expected to be complete by 2020, involves: Removing and replacing the existing roadway pavement Modernizing the entrance and exit ramps Removing and replacing most bridges on and over Business 40 Lengthening the acceleration and deceleration lanes between ramps Widening existing roadway shoulders and adding new shoulders Building portions of a multi-use patch from Lockland Avenue to Liberty Street Design-Build Process Overview NCDOT is using a process called "Design-Build," in which a team of designers and contractors are responsible for a project's design, right-of-way acquisition construction and other aspects. The method reduces overall construction time, helps NCDOT avoid cost inflation, allows the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money, lessens the environmental impact of the project and alleviates any driving delays for motorists. The Design-Build process for the Business 40 improvements project has two phases. Phase I involves improvement to Peters Creek Parkway and other area roadways to manage traffic during Phase II of the project. Work includes: Widening Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Marchall and Trade streets Improving the intersection at Peters Creek Parkway and Academy Street Replacing and widening the Peters Creek Parkway bridge over Business 40 Widening and enhancing the ramps at the Peters Creek Parkway interchange Widening Peters Creek Parkway from the interchange to First Street Building temporary improvements at various intersections to better handle detoured traffic Conducting limited work on Business 40 to prepare for its closures Phase II, which will involve closing I-40 for no more than two years, will begin in late 2018 or early 2019 after Phase 1 is complete. Work involves removing and repaving the interstate and replacing 10 bridges.