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Reynolds High School JROTC presents the colors at the kick off event for the Business 40 Project as Gov. Pat
McCrory (background, far left) looks on.
Business 40 to become Salem Parkway
BY TODD LUCK
Gov. Pat McCrory announced Business 40 will be
renamed Salem Parkway after a massive construction
project that is expected to close a portion of the highway
for nearly two years starting in 2018.
McCrory spoke at a groundbreaking ceremony on
Friday, Oct. 21, held at the BB&T Ballpark parking lot
overlooking the highway. It was purely symbolic in
nature, since the massive $100 million project is now in
its design phase.
The new name was chosen in an online vote. Salem
Parkway beat three other finalists, which were all suggest
ed by residents. The renaming, which will happen after
construction is complete, is to help with confusion some
motorists have between Business 40 and Interstate 40.
"Salem Parkway, what a beautiful name," said
McCrory. "What a beautiful name for Winston-Salem,
and it's going to be a nice parkway that's welcoming,
that's conducive to the public and that's safe."
A 12 mile proportion of Business 40 between Fourth
and Church streets will be undergoing construction to
replace aging pavement and bridges on the 60 year-old
highway. The length of interchanges will also be extend
ed. The recommended weaving space on an interchange
is 2,000 feet. The weaving sections on the current inter
changes in that section are only between 150 and 300 feet.
There's work to be done before renovation of the
highway starts. Construction may begin as early as sum
mer 2017 on Peters Creek Parkway to help it accommo
date the increased traffic it'll see when it becomes the
major access point to downtown during Business 40 con
struction. Once Peters Creek is complete by the winter of
2018, then the segment of Business 40 will be shut down
for approximately 20 months. It's estimated to reopen in
2020. Detours have not yet been determined, but it's the
N.C. Department of Transportation's policy not to run
them through residential areas.
The construction will also include atheistic improve
ments to pedestrian walkways and along the highway
itself in partnership with the City of Winston-Salem and
the local Creative Corridors Coalition, designed to make
it a visually appealing entrance to the city. There's also a
multi-use pedestrian and bicycle path that will be built
along the highway. .
"We're excited about this project that will create a
new front door to our community," said Mayor Allen
Members of Chi Eta Phi pose for a picture.
Chi Eta Phi celebrates
SPBCIAL TO THE CHRONICLE .
On Sunday, Oct. 16 all the chapters of Chi Eta Phi Inc. celebrated their Founders
The local chapter, Chi Chi, along with a few other chapters in North Carolina joined
the celebration with Sigma Chi Chapter, on the campus of N.C. A&T State University
School of Nursing. The chapter Basileus is Aleta Harper.
A short program was held with the speaker being Tiffany D. Morris, PhD, MSN, RN,
interim assistant dean, clinical assistant professor, N.C. A&T School of Nursing. Morris
spoke on the title, "A Legacy worth Remembering and Continuing."
A fellowship dinner was held at the Lone Star Restaurant in Greensboro, following
the closing ceremony.
Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc. is an organization of registered professional nurses and
nursing students (male and female) founded in 1932. The charter Alpha was organized
at Freedmen's Hospital (Howard University) in D.C. The purpose of the charter was to
elevate the plane of nursing and increase the interest in the field of nursing.
The founder was Ailene C. Ewell, RN, BS with 11 other nurses, called the 12 jewels.
The celebration honors the founding nurses.
Today there art more than 8/XX) members in the United States, St. Thomas, US
Virgin Islands, Liberia, West Africa and Monrovia Liberia. Membership into the chapter
is by invitation and is active and honorary.
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Mayor Allen Joints speaks at the groundbreak
ing for Business 40 planning and construction.
Gov. Pat McCrory