The N.C. Department of Transportation will permanently close the intersection of Diggs Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on Thursday to accommodate the Salem Creek Connector.

Motorists will be unable to access MLK Jr. Drive from Diggs Boulevard. Williamson Street is an alternate route.

On Jan. 6, crews will permanently close the existing Vargrave Street/U.S. 52 interchange west of Bowman Gray Stadium to replace it with the connector’s diverging diamond interchange. During construction, access to U.S. 52 North will be available at the south end of Vargrave Road near Waughtown Street.

NCDOT officials say the Salem Creek Connector will help traffic flow more efficiently through Winston-Salem once completed. The 1.1-mile, four-lane road will connect Winston-Salem State University to the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

It is expected to be completed by June 1, 2016.

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