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North-South Rail Transit System:
This is being led by private developers, connected with downtown's IQ District (innovation district), and two universities. They have already met with the neighborhoods along the existing rail line and are now ready to begin the next steps. Global engineering & services firm WSP, based in Canada, will be hired to conduct a feasibility study on using the existing unused Norfolk & Western rail line, on the city's High Line project, for a North-South rail transit system. The study will cost $100,000 to $125,000, but the city will only have to pay $50,000, since others involved are also covering part of the cost. They will have to involve the city to secure some of the federal and state funding required, but will keep the amount paid by taxpayers at a minimum. A person at the presentation said the city may only have to pay around $1 million for construction, if their estimates are correct. This rail transit system will connect nearly all of the colleges and universities in Winston-Salem to downtown's IQ District. It will also connect the LJVM Sports & Entertainment Complex to downtown, allowing downtown residents to take a train to basketball, football, USTA tennis, the fair, skate park, concerts, and Thunderbirds hockey games. There are several old industrial buildings along the rail line that could become more attractive for conversion into office/residential/entertainment/arts uses. Since most of the route will have dedicated right-of-way (ROW), it should be a fast service and arrive on time. The project is expected to cost around $38 million. This was always planned as a part of the High Line project and appeared in the renderings. We have discussed this rail service in the past, on this thread, but this is the official announcement and the beginning of moving this from renderings and ideas to reality. Yes, it's finally moving forward.

Company to be hired: https://www.wsp.com/en-US/sectors/li...and-streetcars

Rail transit system shown on the recently completed High Line project:

Credit: Design Collective

Completed rail work as part of the recently completed High Line project:

Credit: Stimmel Associates

A look at the existing rail on the High Line project to be used for the rail transit system:

Credit: Mitchell Loll

When working on the High Line project, everything involving the rails was designed for rail transit, so they have nearly completed this one segment of the rail transit system project.

Existing rail to be used for rail transit system (Notice this part of the project is nearly completed):

Credit: alpha.mayga

This should be somewhat fast to build, since half of the rail is already in place.
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Rails-to-Trails Bicycle Commuter Highway: (Winston-Salem's High Line) Built!
This project is now completed! Add Winston-Salem to the list of cities with a "high line" in their downtown. And, as you read above, they are working to bring rail transit to the rail line on Winston-Salem's High Line. You can use the High Line for bicycle commuting, to avoid traffic and intersections. It's expected to reduce the amount of time required for bicycle commuting. As you can see, it's seeing a lot of use, as a park and bike/walking trail (the trail part of the High Line project is called "Long Branch"). I would say this High Line project is a success. It has residential/university/office/arts/retail buildings fronting it, with bicycle commuting showers and lockers in several of the buildings, so that is likely a big part of its success.


Credit: Wexford Science + Technology


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Long Branch Trail is the name for the bike/walking trail and it extends beyond the High Line and connects to other bike/walking trails. Only the elevated section is the High Line and the High Line also has park space and a rail line (future rail transit), in addition to Long Branch Trail.

Bike Share is available:

Credit: innovationquarter


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The gravel area is the future rail transit line (They cut the rails in the gravel area and will extend them with new rail to Winston-Salem State University):

Credit: vbosha


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The rail line where the rail transit system is being studied by WSP Engineering:

Credit: earaiza


Credit: WXII Lanie Pope


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If you look closely, you'll see a granite marker in the concrete walkway that says "Fogle Street"

Credit: WXII Lanie Pope
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Projects & Construction:
I want to thank the photographers and local businesses, sharing updates on projects, who make this thread possible. Without you, these updates won't happen.

4-20 is here!

This Week: Construction begins at another downtown brewery and we have an awesome update on Link IQ!

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Incendiary Brewing Company:
Construction has started on Incendiary Brewing at Bailey Power Plant and the brewery will open on Labor Day. Are you ready for downtown Winston-Salem's next brewery! The taproom, seating 150 people indoors, will showcase an impressive line of IPAs, barrel-aged beers, and adjunct/spiced beers to go along with several classic styles. Expect to see 20 beers on tap. They plan to have a new variety of beer every Friday. The brewery will feature a 2,000 square foot outdoor space in The Coal Pit, providing additional seating and an open-air downtown vibe. The owners of the brewery are award-winning brewers. They have hired John Priest, formerly of Bells Brewing in Kalamazoo, Mich., as brewmaster and operations manager. He likes the location, surrounded by tech companies, creative companies, medical students, engineering students, and apartments/condominiums. Priest has experienced national success on a professional stage with a Gold Great American Beer Festival medal in 2015 for his ESB (English Special Bitter) and Silver Great American Beer Festival medal in 2016 for his American Wheat Ale. Together, they will develop new beers to try each week while working to improve fan favorites. The brewery purchased a Wild Goose canning line and will offer several beers to take home and share with others.

There are more restaurant and entertainment tenants in talks for the other retail spaces in Bailey Power Plant. Expect new tenant announcements, soon!

Rendering:

Credit: WFIQ

The concrete floor of the brewery will have its logo stained into it.

View seen in the rendering, above:

Credit: WFIQ

Start of construction:

Credit: incendiarybrew

Hotel Indigo:


Credit: vincerabil


Credit: vincerabil


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A look at the rooftop mechanical systems:

Credit: mostlyghostlysigns


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From yesterday:

Credit: wadecodesign

The Big Crane:
In some of the photographs, you may have noticed this massive crane. Two streets were closed for the crane. Here are a few photographs of it.


Credit: dperspectiv


Credit: noelchunter

Stevens Center Renovation:


Credit: rbvagabond79

Forsyth County Courthouse:
This project is now in design. According to Native Camel, at the WSTB Forum, construction is expected to begin in Fall 2019 and completion is set for Fall 2021.

500 West Fifth:


Credit: bryanlovessharon

Lobby Rendering:

Credit: keepitlocalws

116 West Fourth Apartments:


Credit: vincerabil

Downtown Hampton Inn & Suites:

Brick installation:

Credit: amylwagner

West End Station:
Photographs from a construction worker at the site.


Credit: joshkneen


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Credit: joshkneen

U.S. Olympic Cycling Training Center: (National Cycling Center)


Credit: oneistheworld

Link Apartments Innovation Quarter:


Credit: thareal_malikthagod

View from The Coal Pit:

Credit: okazakifragment


Credit: lcarol_m

A rare western aerial view of the progress:

Credit: piedmonttriadliving

This restaurant, across the street, is an awesome place to watch the construction:

Credit: viatordesignandconstruction


Credit: amholmes


Credit: WXII Lanie Pope

A rare view of the eastern side:

Credit: WXII Lanie Pope



Alternative Transportation:

Zagster Bike Share - Phase II Expansion:

Do I see a new bike share docking station on the new High Line (middle of photograph):

Credit: dwspguy

When the rail transit system is installed, the downtown stop on the High Line will allow people to use bike share to reach their destination. The downtown stop will also be on this walking/bike trail, which connects to other walking/bike trails.



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1860 Skyline Aerial:
For Fun: A rare look at Winston-Salem's skyline in 1860! Most of the structures in this photograph are still standing!


Credit: Old Salem Museums & Gardens
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