State budget includes millions for infrastructure improvements in Winston Salem

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Conceptual rendering of the Stevens Center Lobby. Little Diversified Architectural Consulting/UNC School of the Arts

North Carolina Construction News staff writer

The recently enacted budget for the State of North Carolina includes cash for infrastructure improvements in Winston Salem, including a $37 million appropriation for the second phase of work at the Kenneth R. Williams Auditorium on the campus of Winston-Salem State University.

Also, $51 million will go to the second phase of work at the Roger L. Stevens Center for the Performing Arts and $35 million will support the city’s efforts to enhance the infrastructure in the area surrounding Baity Street, north of Coliseum Drive and south of Reynolds Boulevard.

“This generous appropriation from the state is greatly appreciated along with the other appropriations that will assist in bolstering Winston-Salem’s status as a host city for major sporting, entertainment and cultural events,” said Mayor Allen Joines. “We thank Rep. Lambeth, Rep. Amber Baker and Rep. Kanika Brown along with Sen. Paul Lowe and Sen. Joyce Krawiec for their hard work in securing these very needed funds for our community.”

Funds will also be used to address parking, traffic and pedestrian issues for the coliseum/fairgrounds area.

“Wake Forest is proud to be a partner in these important commitments to the collective well-being of our community and to be one of the many reasons people come to visit and fall in love with Winston-Salem,” said Wake Forest University president Susan R. Wente.

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