After 14 months of construction, Business 40 reopened on Sunday, Feb. 2, and has been renamed Salem Parkway.
The reopening of the newly named Salem Parkway/U.S. 421 comes nearly six months ahead of schedule, according to the NCDOT. Work on the highway is still not over. Full construction on the project will not be complete for several months, and will require some nighttime lane closures when overnight traffic volumes are minimal.
The reopening was done with some fanfare, including an official announcement made Friday at BB&T Ballpark, and an opportunity for people to walk the new highway on Saturday, before it opened to traffic.