The project that transformed Winston-Salem's Business 40 into Salem Parkway has won the Grand Prize in the 2021 America's Transportation Awards competition.

The 1.2-mile improvement project spearheaded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation involved safety upgrades, highway reconstruction, the replacement of 10 bridges, and the addition of two new pedestrian bridges.

The project involved a significant amount of agency collaboration and public outreach. The effort cost almost $102 million and was completed six months ahead of schedule.

According to a news release, the competition included 80 project nominations from 25 states.

The Grand Prize award includes a $10,000 cash prize which can be used to support a charity or transportation-related scholarship.

This is not the only time in October that the NCDOT was cited for achievement. North Carolina was one of two states that received a federal award for innovation across all modes of transportation.

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