- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A segment of Business Interstate 40 through downtown Winston-Salem is being renamed Salem Parkway in advance of a makeover.

Local media outlets report Gov. Pat McCrory made the official announcement Friday. The name was chosen by Triad residents from among four finalists selected from among hundreds of entries by a panel.

For years, the road has been designation as Business I-40 and U.S. 421, but when plans were made to improve the road, the effort included a new name as well.

Pat Ivey, the division engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation in Forsyth County, said the signs bearing the new name will likely go up in late 2020 as upgrade work is completed. The work includes closing some ramps so that the remaining ones can be lengthened.

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