We can all sit by and do nothing or we can stand up for what is right and what is needed for Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. If we do nothing -- we get nothing. If we stand up for our area -- then we can all be involved in what is needed.
Why is the Beltway Needed?
- Relieve Traffic on Highway 52 and Business 40.
- Highway 52 is not up to Interstate Standards (with too many interchanges -- only four lanes)
- Safety Concerns on Highway 52 and Hwy 66 that show high accident rates.
- I-77 Truck Traffic is routed along I-74 in Mt. Airy to Hwy 52, converging on downtown Winston-Salem. All of these trucks are then routed along Bus 40 that also has high accident rates.
- Commuters Do Not Feel Safe and Know All Too Well of the Problems on Hwy. 52
- To Make Our Area More Desirable for Current Businesses and To Draw New Business.
- Last but Definitely Not Least -- To Help the Property Owners in the Corridor to be able to move on that have been Abandoned and Forgotten by the state and our Governor.
What is Needed?
I-74/Eastern Section of the Northern Beltway - which WILL BRING:
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
A Stimulus to the Triad
Advance the Triad
Bring More Opportunities for the Citizens of the Triad
This is not a situation where we sit back and let the other guy do it. It is going to require ALL of the Triad to band together and let our elected officials (local and state), the Governor and the NCDOT Transportation Secretary, know that this is our future you are ranking last and it SHOULD be a high priority for North Carolina. The Global Economy is calling and without this high priority corridor (I-74), our state will not be able to compete and participate, if it doesn't provide a more efficient highway to draw industries looking for their next building site. Distribution Centers logistically need this highway, along with other industry, because of the cost factor in moving goods. If North Carolina is serious about promoting economic growth, then why did the I-74 rank last?
The Triad needs to start asking questions NOW! The draft list will undergo a year of public comment and review.....and changes are still possible. The Priority List will not be adopted until next Summer (2011). Let's continue to voice our concerns for what is right for our area and state. ALL of Our Voices need to be heard NOW!