Winston Salem breaks ground on urban trail phase one

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

A groundbreaking ceremony on July 2 launched the first phase of the Salem Parkway Multi-Use Path.

The 1.3-mile urban trail will link Truist Stadium, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist hospital and downtown businesses to the Strollway, downtown commercial districts and a number of residential neighborhoods. The first phase of the $4.8 million project was managed by the Winston-Salem Department of Transportation in partnership with metropolitan planning organizations, local and state Departments of Transportation and other community groups.

Winston-Salem City Council has approved a resolution to award a construction contract of $4.8 million to construction company Smith-Rowe, LLC for Phase 1 of the Salem Parkway Multi-Use Path (MUP) construction project.

Phase 1 of the construction project will connect Liberty Steet and the Winston-Salem Strollway, which links downtown to Old Salem, to West Fourth Street. A little over 0.5 miles of trail will be added.

Construction started last week and is projected to take 12 months to complete.

Phase 2 of the project is under design and will extend the path from W Fourth Street to Lockland Avenue, ultimately connecting the Winston-Salem Strollway to Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist.

The design stage is expected to be completed by 2025 with construction to follow in 2026.

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