Image of NC Interstate 74 shield (from Shields Up!)  Segment 4

Image of map of area in vicinity of I-74 Segment 4

Where:  Winston-Salem Northern Beltway, Eastern Half; US 52 near NC 65 near Stanleyville to US 311 east of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County

Length: 17.1 Miles***

Needed: Construct New Freeway

Work Started: December 10, 2014

Completion scheduled for 2024

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Segment Information

I-74 is to leave US 52 near NC 65 and be routed on the planned eastern half of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway to US 311. The Winston-Salem Northern Beltway is a planned 34 mile arc freeway from US 158 southwest of the city to US 311 in the southeast. The Eastern Half is to run from US 52 to US 311. Though US 52 through Winston-Salem is a freeway, it is substandard and NCDOT from the beginning of I-74 planning apparently felt that routing through traffic away from Winston-Salem was a better option than upgrading US 52 through downtown. (Though in recent years they have completed projects to upgrade the highway and remove problem interchanges, and, they plan for US 52, if completely upgraded, to serve as an extension of I-285*).1

Though long-planned and constantly postponed, due to either litigation, or the lack of funding, the first segment of the Beltway started construction in December 2014. Both the pressing of NCDOT by local officials and the, not coincidental, recalculation of the new transportation funding mechanism announced by NCDOT in 2013, caused the Beltway project not only to jump from last place in the state Loop construction list, but to be placed on the Urban Loop Acceleration Plan list. Thus a project that only a couple years ago was projected not to start until the mid 2020's, has received enough funding, made possible by Grant Anticipation Revenue, or GARVEE, bonds, which allow NCDOT to borrow against future federal funding, to at least build the first couple segments, the first from Business 40/US 421 to US 158 was let in October, and awarded in early November 2014 to Dragados USA Inc of NYC for $153,999,950.2 The starting date of the project was December 10, 2014. At the end of January 2018, the project was almost 1/2 (49.4%) complete, though lagging well behind its projected status of 4/5 complete (81.5%).3 The project is still scheduled to be completed in April 2019. Work started on a second segment from US 158 to US 311 on January 19, 2018. At the end of February work was listed as 5.7% complete. This project is to be completed in November 2021.4 On November 7, 2016 NCDOT announced a plan to accelerate construction of the remaining segments of the Eastern Section from 2-3 years.5 As part of this acceleration, work started on the segment from US 158 to US 311 in the spring of 2018. For a more detailed discussion, see the Project History section, below.

A map of the Beltway Project by NCDOT showing the construction segments as of August 2017 with then dates of both Eastern and Western Beltway construction:

Image of NCDOT Aug. 2017 map of Winston-Salem Beltway construction segments

Northern Beltway Construction Photos (Hover over for larger images)

Latest Photos taken on October 11, 2017 by Site Contributor, J. Austin Carter:

Image of pavement progress along Future I-74/Winston-Salem Norther Beltway from Walkertown Guthrie Rd bridge looking west toward
       US 158, by J. Austin CarterLooking northwest toward US 158 from completed Walkertown Guthrie Road bridge over Future I-74. There has been significant progress with placement of the concrete road bed.

Image of closer look at concrete road deck of Future I-74 looking northwest from Walkertown Guthrie Rd bridge toward US 158, by J. Austin CarterA closer look at the new concrete roadbed for Future I-74 from Walkertown Guthrie Road looking towards the future US 158 interchange.

Image of view looking southeast from Walkertown Guthrie Rd bridge along recently concrete line future I-74 roadway, by J. Austin CarterLooking now southeast from the completed Walkertown Guthrie bridge along I-74 roadway headed toward Business 40 showing progress in completing road surface.

Image taken just north of Future I-74/W-S Beltway interchange with Business 40/US 421 looking toward bridge over Mountain View Rd, by J. Austin CarterTraveling south to near Business 40, view looking northwest toward bridge under construction over Mountain View Rd.

View of graded future I-74/Winston-Salem Northern Beltway roadbed approaching bridge over Mountain View Rd, by J. Austin CarterCloser look at progress grading Future I-74 Roadbed heading northwest toward bridge over Mountain View Road.

Image taken of area under construction for Future I-74 Winston-Salem Northern Beltway interchange with Bus. 40/US 421, by J. Austin CarterLooking south toward Business 40/US 421 showing grading underway for Future I-74/Beltway interchange.

Earlier Photos taken on April 13, 2017 by J. Austin Carter:

Image taken of paved I-74/Winston-Salem Beltway lanes just south of US 158, by J. Austin CarterView of paved Future I-74/Beltway lanes just south of US 158.

Image of view looking north across US 158 interchange construction area with Future 
        I-74/Winston-Salem Beltway, by J. Austin CarterLooking north toward US 158 across the future interchange construction zone, including the temporary concrete plant between the original and current US 158 alignment.

Image of view from completed Walkertown Guthrie Rd bridge over paved lanes for the Future
        I-74 Winston-Salem Beltway, by J. Austin CarterView southeast from completed Walkertown Guthrie Bridge over now paved Future I-74 East lanes.

Image taken of view looking north over Future I-74/Winston-Salem Beltway lanes toward 
        West Mountain St bridge, by J. Austin CarterNow looking north along graded Future I-74 lanes toward the nearly completed West Mountain Street and Railroad Bridge (photos of bridge below).

Image taken of view looking at southern end of I-74/Winston-Salem Beltway project and Future 
        interchange with Business 40/US 421/NC 150, by J. Austin CarterView looking south toward Future I-74/Business 40 (US 421 Salem Parkway) and progress in constructing the interchange (photos from Business 40 below).

Recent Photos taken on March 30, 2017:

Image of view approaching Beltway construction zone on Bus. 40/US 421 West in Winston-SalemLooking west Business 40/US 421/NC 150 entering the Winston-Salem Beltway construction zone.

Image of view along Bus. 40/US 421 West in Winston-Salem of clearing at site of future interchange with I-74/Winston-Salem BeltwayApproaching site of future I-74/Beltway interchange with Business 40 showing clearing and early structure construction.

Image of view showing construction of future Beltway/I-74 bridges over Bus. 40/US 421 in Winsto-SalemStill continuing west and approaching the grading to support future I-74/Beltway Bridges over Bus. 40/US 421/NC 150.

Image of closer look at bridge construction for Future I-74/Beltway interchange with Bus. 40/US 421 in Winston-SalemA closer look at construction going on to the south of the Eastbound lanes on Bus. 40/US 421/NC 150.

Image of view looking north along future alignment of I-74/Beltway showing bridge supports under constructionLooking north from Bus. 40/US 421/NC 150 along Future I-74/Beltway alignment showing construction of support structures for future bridges.

Image showing dirt being moved for construction of Future I-74/Beltway interchange with Bus. 40/US 421 in Winston-SalemA closer look at the buildup of soil for the future crossing of I-74 West then I-74 East lanes over Business 40/US 421 and NC 150.

Image of view looking East along Bus. 40/US 421 at I-74/Beltway interchange construction in Winston-SalemHeading now east on Bus. 40/US 421/NC 150 approaching the I-74/Beltway construction zone.

View looking across Bus. 40/US 421 at construction crane at site of Future I-74/Beltway interchange in Winston-SalemLooking northwest over Bus. 40/US 421/NC 150 at construction crane at site of future I-74 bridges.

Image of view of new I-74/Beltway bridges being built over W. Mountain St. in Winston-SalemNow further north, heading east on West Mountain Street approaching bridges being built to carry I-74/Beltway traffic over the roadway and railroad tracks.

Image of view looking west at bridge for I-74/Beltway being built over W. Mountain St. in Winston-SalemNow on the east side of the bridge looking back from church parking lot on the old alignment of West Mountain Street, showing support structures for bridges largely in place.

Image of view south of W. Mountain St. showing progress of I-74/Beltway construction in Winston-SalemLooking across both old and new alignments of West Mountain Street showing construction to complete grading of the I-74 lanes going on south of the bridges.

Image of view along railroad tracks of new bridge being constructed for I-74/Beltway over W. Mountain St. in Winston-SalemLooking west down railroad tracks showing bridge crossing both the tracks and the new alignment of West Mountain Street.

Image showing closer look of northern end of I-74/Winston-Salem Beltway bridge being constructed over W. Mountain St. in Winston-SalemA closer look at the northern end of the bridge above what was the old alignment of West Mountain Street and showing further fill is needed before lanes can be paved to meet the bridge structure.

Image of view looking west along US 158 at site of Future I-74/Beltway interchange in Winston-SalemNow at the northern end of the project, looking west along US 158 approaching the interchange construction area. US 158 traffic has been realigned to the south through the work zone.

Image of view looking west along US 158 through I-74/Beltway interchange construction zone in Winston-SalemFurther west on US 158 in construction area showing work has largely been completed in creating elevated areas for Future I-74 bridges.

Image of construction to north of US 158 in I-74/Beltway construction zone in Winston-SalemLooking north of US 158 in the construction zone showing future ramp concrete structures covered over by tarps.

Image of view looking east on US 158 of construction zone for Future I-74/Beltway interchange in Winston-SalemNow heading back east on US 158 looking down the hill to the Beltway interchange construction area showing how US 158 has been re-routed around the work zone.

Image of view of temporary concrete plant built in construction zone for Future I-74/Beltway interchange in Winston-SalemLooking from south of US 158 at temporary concrete plant built in the future interchange work zone.

Image of view looking south along future alignment of I-74/Beltway at US 158 interchange construction zone in Winston-SalemLooking south from US 158 over the alignment of I-74/Winston-Salem Beltway showing grading being completed.

Image of view looking at temporary concrete plant and construction at Future I-74/Beltway interchange with US 158 in Winston-SalemAnother view of the temporary concrete plant just east of the future I-74/Beltway lanes being graded south of US 158.

Here are a few photos of construction progress on the first segment of the Beltway taken by J. Austin Carter on August 27, 2016:

Image of road closed barrier placed on residential street due to construction of Winston-Salem Northern Beltway, by J. Austin Carter

One of the many road closed barriers placed along residential streets along the corridor of the Northern Beltway due to the road's construction.

Image of clearing and grading being done along future path of Winston-Salem Northern Beltway/I-74, by J. Austin CarterFuture Beltway section being graded between Business 40 and US 158.

Image of contructed and graded future roadbed for Winston-Salem Northern Beltway, I-74, by J. Austin CarterPart of newly constructed part of Beltway showing built-up roadway.

Image of new bridge being constructed for Winston-Salem Northern Beltway/I-74, taken by J. Austin CarterFrom West Mountain Street portion of new bridge being constructed for Beltway near temporary cement plant.

Image of clearing of land near US 158 for future interchange with Winston-Salem Northern Beltway, taken by J. Austin CarterLooking at massive clearing and earth moving being done at site of future interchange between the Beltway and US 158, seen in the distance.

Image of bridge construction along path of Winston-Salem Northern Beltway/I-74, taken by J. Austin CarterFuture bridge being constructed along path of Northern Beltway.

Image of land being graded for future Winston-Salem Northern Beltway/I-74 east of the city, taken by J. Austin CarterView from bridge under construction shows the amount of earth moving being done along the I-74/Beltway corridor south of US 158.

Image of bridge deck under construction over future Winston-Salem Northern Beltway/I-74, taken by J. Austin CarterCloser look at same bridge showing deck under construction over future Northern Beltway/I-74 near US 158.

Image showing grading of future Winston Salem Northern Beltway/I-74 east of city, taken by J. Austin CarterAnother scene of grading for future Beltway lanes east of Winston-Salem, here the future eastbound lanes are further along than the west.

Image of Beltway construction going on between houses east of Winston-Salem, by J. Austin CarterBeltway construction being threaded between houses, seen in the middle and right.

Image of close view of construction at site of future US 158 interchange on Winston-Salem Northern Beltway/I-74, taken by J. Austin CarterA closer view of construction at the northern end of the project for the future interchange with US 158.

Here are a few more photos of construction progress on the first segment of the Beltway taken by J. Austin Carter on April 19, 2016:

Image of clearing for new Northern Beltway/I-74 interchange with Business 40/US 421, by J. Austin CarterLooking along West Business 40 showing clearing progress for future Beltway interchange.

Image of construction work clearing area for new interchange between Beltway/I-74 and Business 40/US 421, 
      by J. Austin CarterLooking at construction crews working just north of Business 40 on Future Northern Beltway interchange.

Image of clearing for Northern Beltway across Business 40 to the south, by J. Austin CarterLooking across Business 40 to view clearing for the interchange going on to the south.

Image of bridge support and culvert pipes being placed north of Bus. 40 for new Northern Beltway/I-40 interchange, by J. Austin CarterWork is seen progressing in building future bridge supports and concrete pipes are ready for placing for site drainage.

Image of clearing of path seen for Northern Beltway toward US 158 from Bus. 40/US 421, by J. Austin CarterLooking further north showing cleared corridor for I-74/Northern Beltway's path toward US 158.

Here's some previous photos taken by J. Austin Carter on December 14, 2015:

Image of I-74 Winston-Salem Beltway cosntruction from Business 40, photo by J. Austin Carter

Image of construction zone for I-74 Winston-Salem Beltway as seen from Business 40, photo by 
J. Austin Carter

Image of I-74 Winston-Salem Beltway construction zone from Business 40, photo by J. Austin

Image of I-74 Winston-Salem Beltway construction zone from Business 40, photo by J. Austin

Northern Beltway Signage Plans

NCDOT plans to build the Eastern Half of the Northern Beltway in 7 segments. Plans for the second segment, from US 158 to US 311 were put on NCDOT's website on August 22, 2017, with a letting in October. The second segment will run almost 2 miles. Here's plans showing the new exit number for the US 311 exit:

Sign plan for US 311 and US 158 exit signs on Future I-74 Winston-Salem Northern Beltway, by NCDOTSign plan for US 311 interchange westbound at US 158 exit (already existing from previous contract, see plans below) showing it will be designated Exit 49.

Plan for future exit sign at interchange with Future I-74 East and US 421 (Bus. 40) on Winston-Salem Northern Beltway, by NCDOTPlan for new arrow-per-lane sign to be placed at US 158 exit when I-74 is completed east to US 311. Notice the lack of reference to Business 40 (seen on the earlier plan below) on the US 421 sign. In the spring of 2017, NCDOT announced that the official name for the Business 40 route in the future will be the US 421 Salem Parkway, implying that the Business 40 designation will be dropped.

Plans for construction of the first segment of the Beltway were put on NCDOT's website on August 19, 2014 as advertising for the project letting on October 21. The first segment will run 3 miles between Business 40/US 421 and US 158, Reidsville Road it will also include the building of approximately 1 mile of the Loop further eastward toward I-40 that will be completed in the future. The signing plans indicate the route will be temporarily signed as NC 74, until the route is connected to at least I-40. The NC 74 signs can be seen in this plan for the initial signage at the Business 40 exit:

Image of I-74 sign plans in Winston-Salem, from NCDOTPlan for signage on Business 40 East, showing temporary NC 74 designation, to be changed to I-74 when Loop is, at least, partially completed east to I-40.

Image of sign plans for I-74 in Winston-Salem at Business 40, from NCDOTInitial and future signs for I-74 East at the Business 40/US 421 Exit.

Image of sign plans for US 158 exit on future I-74 freeway in Winston-Salem, from NCDOTSignage plans for the US 158 exit ramp signage to I-74 East.

Sign plans for Future I-74 freeway in Winston-Salem, from NCDOTSignage planned for I-74 West at the Business 40 interchange.

Plans for eventual exit signs on Business 40 for I-74 in Winston-Salem, from NCDOTPlans for signage approaching I-74 along Business 40 West/US 421 North at South Main St in Kernersville.

Image of route shields to be installed as part of I-74 freeway 
construction in Winston-Salem, from NCDOTRoute shields to be featured on this segment of the Beltway. Though the signs for the Business 40 exit do not included NC 150, which is routed on the highway along with US 421, the ground signage still indicates its presence.

The plans indicate that the exit numbers along this segment will be 53 A&B for Business 40, 50 for US 158, and they include the sign plan for the next segment to be constructed, from US 158 to US 311, which will be Exit 49. 

Improving News for Beltway Construction

The remaining segments of the Beltway were unfunded, and their construction dates uncertain, until December 2014. That month NCDOT released their latest draft State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) document, formally approved in June 2015, which listed all funded projects in the state from 2016 to 2025. In the 2018-2027 STIP released in August 2017, among Forsyth County projects to be funded, included all of the remaining six Beltway segments. The next to be constructed (Segment C) will be the 1.4 mile US 158 to US 311/Walkertown Road segment which was awarded on December 6, 2017 at a cost of $68 million, work started in January 2018 with a planned completion by November 2021.6 The two segments (AA and AB) to connect these completed Beltway segments to I-74/US 311, from Business 40/US 421 to I-40 and from I-40 to I-74/US 311, will together cost $273 million and will start in 2018 and 2020. Contracts for the other 3 segments, unfunded in the previous TIP, D, US 311 to Baux Mountain Road, E, Baux Mountain Road to NC 8, and F, NC 8 to US 52, all Design-Build projects, are to be put out to bid in March 2018, delayed 1 month in October 2017, now funded due to reforms to the 2015-17 state budget that added over $700 million in new moneys for transportation over the next two years.7 A contract which will build the Beltway interchange with US 52 is to be let in July 2018.8 If all the contracts are launched on time, construction could be completed by 2025.

Project History

Western Half of Beltway Construction Stopped by Lawsuit in 1999

The building of a beltway around Winston-Salem was first proposed in 1965 but was not seriously planned until the early 1990's. The first hearings over choosing alternative paths for the route were held from 1992 to 1996. All permits for the western half of the freeway, from US 52 to I-40, were approved and construction was set to start in 1999. However, in February 1999 a lawsuit was filed by 'Friends of Forsyth,' a citizens group that opposed construction of the highway, halting construction. Though the initial lawsuit was thrown out, subsequent court decisions delayed the start of construction until a judicial review of NCDOT's environmental impact study was completed. With the review complete, the combined eastern and western-half Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) report was released in September 2004 and public hearings on the report were held in November and December 2004.10

Support Builds for Constructing Eastern Half of Beltway

While waiting for NCDOT to wrap up its work, supporters of speeding up construction of the Beltway and upgrading US 52 north of Winston-Salem to interstate status formed the 'I-74 Piedmont Corridor Group' in 2003 and enlisted the support of former Governor Jim Hunt to help lobby legislators and NCDOT board members to build the highway.11 In March 2003, the Winston-Salem Journal wrote an editorial encouraging NCDOT to build the eastern half of the Beltway (I-74) first, arguing that there was less opposition to this part of the highway and the increased traffic on US 52 since the completion of the I-74 connector from I-77 to US 52 was leading to increased traffic congestion and accidents in downtown Winston-Salem.12 The FHWA signed off on the final environmental impact plans in December 2006. NCDOT then announced in March 2005 that construction on the western half would be postponed to 2015 at the earliest.**13 Money saved from the postponement would be used to construct the eastern half, I-74, which was listed in the 2009-2015 STIP as Project No. U-2579, and scheduled to start construction by 2009. However, in 2008 another lawsuit was filed regarding the accuracy of the environmental study done for the western portion.14 Since NCDOT had combined the west and east portions in the document sent to the FHWA, the lawsuit stopped any activity on the Eastern segment as well, even right- of-way acquisition.

New Construction Schedule set in 2009

While the new lawsuit was being settled, NCDOT moved forward on planning to build the eastern segment. According to the 2009-2015 STIP, about $224 million was to be used to acquire the right-of-way while about $450 million had been set aside for construction, a total of $702 million.15 This new total cost was substantially higher than that quoted in previous TlPs. The increased costs were due to a few years since the last cost estimate, higher material costs, and the agreement by NCDOT to build more bridges along the route to help aide local traffic, plus expenses for environmental mitigation.16 Construction was to start first on the 3.4 mile portion of the highway from US 158 (Reidsville Road) to US 421 (Business 40), the 2009 cost estimate was $165 million. The 3.1 mile section between Business 40 and I-40 would start next with a cost of $160 million. Work would then start on the 1.4 mile section between US 158 and US 311 at a cost of $52 million.17 The remaining segments were unfunded but officials at the time were confident moneys would be found to complete them after the original three segments were complete.18 A final alternative to what was originally called the Eastern Half extension south of Bus. 40 to US 311 was chosen in March 2005. Construction was to start on this 4.4-mile segment after the other segments were completed.18 The chosen alignment puts the location of the interchange between the Beltway (I-74) and US 311 to the east of the current US 311/I-40 interchange and between the Ridgewood and Union Cross Road exits.19 The decision by Dell to locate a new company facility in Winston-Salem helped impact the choice of alternatives for the one chosen (N2-S1) kept the Union Cross Road interchange open to access the industrial park where the Dell plant was built. Ironically, Dell decided to close the plant in 2009, before a final decision on the Beltway was made. The NCDOT Winston-Salem Northern Beltway website has Maps of the chosen alternative, along with a Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement document released in January 2007.14 The last lawsuits were finally dismissed on May 20, 2010 by Federal District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder who said neither the Friends of Forsyth nor the NC Alliance for Transportation Reform could prove that the environmental studies performed for the FHWA were inadequate.

Project Halted Again, This Time by NCDOT, in 2010

Before any of the work activity outlined above began in 2010, however, NCDOT committed to a reform process which included devising a new STIP process and a priority list for construction of the state's 21 beltway projects. Only the top eight projects on the list would go forward at the present time given limits in funding. When the list was produced in late July 2010 the Northern Beltway was listed last, 21st out of 21 projects. This meant not only that the project was not funded but that no work of any kind would happen until at least 2020, even work on obtaining the right-of-way, which affected citizens were promised would start in 2010.20 Citizens affected by the ruling vowed to fight it. They got NCDOT to change it's priority formula in 2011 allowing loop projects to be broken up and evaluated in segments. The good news was the Winston-Salem Beltway was moved up, the bad news was that it now ranked 13th, still not eligible for funding. The project again looked to be in limbo. NCDOT meanwhile appeared to be 'hedging its bet' where the next Segment of I-74 would start by placing I-74 mileposts and I-74 exit numbers along the US 311 freeway east of Winston-Salem in late 2010 starting at its interchange with I-40, not where the Beltway is planned to tie in. This could be if either I-74 ends up being routed through downtown on US 52, or on an proposed extension on the US 311 freeway across I-40 and into Winston-Salem.

NCDOT Puts Beltway Back on Priority Track

Outcry by citizens affected by the Beltway's path and threats of lawsuits by Winston-Salem and other cities with delayed loop projects in 2010 and 2011 forced the governor to intervene. In March 2011, under political pressure, the NCDOT Board of Transportation requested that its department staff conduct a limited segment analysis of ten Urban Loop projects, including Winston-Salem's. The loop projects were rated as to their needs and benefits. Each factor under Needs and Benefits was given a score. Those points were then added up and divided by the project's total cost. NCDOT then used the resulting numbers to rank the projects. Six projects, including Winston-Salem's, were then 'accelerated' into the state's TIP Plan using $400 million in Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle, or GARVEE, bonds.22 The new schedule for the Beltway started property acquisition in 2012 and started construction on the first segment from Business 40 to US 158 after the project was let in December 2014, including a bridge to carry I-74 over Business 40 (see sign plans above).23 In November 2016 NCDOT announced further acceleration of the Eastern Section project segments, with each segment getting advance 2 to 3 years. From the NCDOT press release, here's a table of the new construction schedule26:








Construction Let Date


Design-Build Let Date

Let date Acceleration

Eastern Section


US 421/B40

October 2020

April 2018

2+ years

Eastern Section

US 311

Baux Mtn Rd

October 2021

February 2018

3+ years

Eastern Section

Baux Mtn Rd

NC 8

October 2021

February 2018

3+ years

Eastern Section

NC 8

University Pkwy

June 2022

February 2018

3+ years

Western Sectiona

University Pkwy

US 52

June 2022

July 2018

4 years

a. The Eastern Section interchange with US 52 will be part of a contract building the first segment of the Western Section (I-274).

The project has been further accelerated since, with work starting on the 2 mile section from US 158 to US 311 on January 20, 2018 with completion anticipated for November 2021.28 The letting of the remaining projects, design-build contracts covering 6.9 miles from US 311 to just east of US 52 was delayed until March 2018, though no delay in completion is expected.

The 2017-2027 STIP also showed 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 87, with work to start in 2025. The STIP also refers to the highway as Future NC 452, presumably a interim designation until an interstate number can be assigned.29

For the latest official information on the Beltway, go to NCDOT's Winston-Salem Northern Beltway project page.

*In November 2004, NCDOT released, as part of its Strategic Highway Corridors initiative, a map of existing and proposed Triad area highways showing an I-285 extending from I-85 in Lexington to I-40 in Winston-Salem with a note saying it would be extended to I-74 if US 52 was upgraded to interstate standards.24 Currently, I-285 from I-85 to I-40 is not scheduled to be signed until after 2020, after all projects to upgrade the highway to interstate standards are complete, For more information, visit my Future I-285 page.

**On the same SHC Triad map25 the western half of the Beltway, from US 52 (I-74) to I-40, is signed as: Image of NC I-274 shield (from Shields Up!)

***There seems to have been some confusion over the years as to the actual Eastern Beltway mileage. The 2004- 2010 TIP listed the distance for the Beltway from US 52 to I-40 as 12.6 miles and the extension to US 311 as 1.6 miles (for a total of 14.2 miles). Then the subsequent TIP listed the entire length as 12.6 miles (used in the map below). The Strategic Corridors list says the total mileage is 16.2. A 2006 newspaper article listed the distance as 17.4 miles. The 2009-2015 STIP listed the project distance from US 52 to I-40 as 14.3 miles. A document released at a public hearing on August 14, 2008 indicated the Eastern section as 12.4 miles and the Eastern Extension as 4.4 miles, for a total of 16.8.26 This, however, doesn't include the interchange at US 52. The Draft STIP released in December 2014 lists the combined mileage for projects U-2579 and U-2579A as 17.1 miles, so this is the mileage number I am using.27

Here's a map showing the newly funded Beltway segments, from the Winston-Salem Journal, the numbers refer to all the funded projects in the Draft NCDOT STIP:

Map of Winston-Salem highway projects, from Winston-Salem Journal, Dec. 2014

 Graphic by Cassandra Sherrill12

If anyone else has photos of the current roads in the vicinity of this segment, feel free to E-mail me.

A more detailed version of the map segment above showing part of the proposed I-74 route between Bus. 40 and US 311: