The western half of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway will be designated as Interstate 274, and the eastern half will be Interstate 74. The formal planning process for the route was underway as of November 2004. Completion of environmental studies and community input processes were estimated to be complete by late 2005. Construction was to follow in 2006 or later, but funding availability pushed back the time table to 2012.3 Work finally broke ground on the first segment of the Winston-Salem Borthern Beltway in 2015. The initial stretch runs southeast from U.S. 158 (Reidsville Road) to Business Loop I-40 on the northeast side of the city. The $154-million project includes the construction of 18 bridges and 12 structural walls. A $1.5-billion highway bond promoted by Governor Pat McCrory funds the eastern leg of the Beltway and two sections of the western segment.4 A full schedule for right-of-way acquistion and construction can be found at the NCDOT: Winston-Salem Northern Beltway page.
|The Winston-Salem Northern Beltway will end at a signalized at-grade intersection with U.S. 158.
|A new directional-cloverleaf interchange will be constructed on top of the Exit 117 wye interchange with the North Carolina 66 connector. Interstate 74 will take over the Northern Beltway east from Interstate 274 and U.S. 52 over the current connector road.
Page Updated June 2, 2015.