Business 40 Reopens as Salem Parkway

A supervisor oversees work from the Peters Creek Parkway bridge as crews are in the process early Sunday of reopening Business 40, now Salem Parkway, in Winston-Salem.

Winston-Salem police were out in force Monday to stop speeding drivers on the newly reopened Salem Parkway, formerly known as Business 40.

Police administrators couldn’t immediately provide an exact number of tickets issued by officers because it takes time to separate that data from all of Monday’s police reports and other citations, police Lt. Jose Gomez said.

He did say officers working with the Winston-Salem Police Department’s traffic enforcement unit “stopped a lot of motorists.”

“Motorists know that Salem Parkway is open, but we need them to abide by the posted speed limit so we can reduce crashes and injuries to citizens,” Gomez said.

The one-mile section of the highway that runs through downtown Winston-Salem has a 45-mph speed limit. The police department deployed officers in marked and unmarked patrol cars as well as on motorcycles to enforce the speed limit.

Because Salem Parkway is a state-maintained road, the N.C. Highway Patrol also deployed at least one trooper to monitor speed on the highway, a DOT official said.

The downtown section of highway reopened Sunday morning after it was closed for slightly more than 14 months for renovation work that included repaving, longer ramps and higher bridge clearances.

Drivers have traditionally exceeded the posted speed limit of 45 mph on that stretch of highway, which is also known as U.S. 421, Gomez said.

Before the stretch of highway was closed in November 2018, it carried more than 80,000 vehicles a day.

Officials with the N.C. Department of Transportation will perform a traffic count on the highway after its renovation is fully complete this summer.



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