A giant pile of rubble was a surprising sight to see one day while driving downtown. A little school was in the process of being torn down, for what I later read, was to make room for the rebuilding of an interstate and the roads surrounding it.
Business 40 interstate which runs through downtown has been a disaster since it was built in the 50s, with narrow lanes and tiny on ramps. This year it is finally getting shut down to be rebuilt into something actually functional.
This sad little school just happened to be in the way of the new interstate improvements.
These next few years will be interesting for downtown’s landscape.
It’s been almost three years since I started this Construction Zone series, and by the looks of it, it is finally nearing the end!
The city is building a Diverging Diamond interchange as a part of a brand new major road that is being built.
In order for the road to be completed, a bridge for the already existing railroad has to be built. Since this is a very busy track, the new railroad has to be completely finished before the old track gets taken down, so the rail can easily be switched over with no train delays.
These decorative arches were installed just the other week.
(I feel like it needs a ball of Christmas lights hanging from the center or something!)
We were excited to see that our favorite biking trail seems to finally be back open after nearly three long years! The part that was once a giant muddy swamp while this bridge was being built has been repaved and cleaned up.
The remnants of some giant tubing still remain..
I love to document the changes this city is going through. It won’t be long until this area is no longer a construction zone and nobody remembers what it used to look like!
The power plant that once supplied energy to the tobacco factories in Winston-Salem has been sitting vacant for many years.
It sits closed off from the world, by a towering chain link fence.
(A fence I would love to sneak through, but am too scared!)
Many companies had been contacted to restore the old building, but they all turned away, as they thought the building could not be saved, or would be too complicated of a project.
Luckily one company finally saw the potential and has finally gotten to work, restoring and updating the former power plant.
Bailey Power plant is one of the most unique buildings in Winston-Salem. There are big plans for it, and I can’t wait to see them unfold.
The city I live in is changing all the time. Construction is happening around every corner.
And I want to remember what it once was.
At one time this area was a busy industrial part of town, with a train passing through and many busy factories. Over time it began to crumble, until all the buildings were eventually torn down and nature took cover, covering most of the evidence that this spot was ever part of the busy downtown.
The forgotten streets that were left behind are a memory of a different era, when most of the city streets were cobblestone.
This area will soon become part of the busy city once again..
I just hope they keep the cobblestone!
Our latest suspicions were confirmed; they are building a whole new railroad bridge! It will be exciting to see how everything ends up looking with this swanky new bridge in place.
I started documenting this construction site when the city temporarily closed off our favorite biking trail in order to put a new road in, that will eventually connect with the interstate by way of a diverging diamond. I miss our biking trail so much, so I have been keeping close watch on the construction, hoping that our trail will be back open soon.
(It’s been two years now!!)
I also want to remember how things used to look. My city has changed so much in the past few years that some parts are almost unrecognizable. I want to document everything I can.
This whole area used to be covered in trees, it is so different now.
This is where the much anticipated diamond will be.
On our visit, we spotted something strange on the tracks…
He was so cute, but so scared of us! I couldn’t get close to him.
In the background is the college I went to. I remember biking on this trail before I even got accepted there, and wondering what my life would be like once I started. Now, years later, I have attended, graduated and it’s a thing of the past. It all feels like a dream. It’s funny how life works.
That’s why I like to take pictures of how things once were. Because they’ll change before you know it!
Quick recap: Our favorite biking trail has been closed for nearly two years because they are building a giant bridge above it that will eventually connect with a highway.
It is still possible to bike along the trail, if you’re willing to go through some mud and lift your bike over the huge drainage pipes. Makes for an interesting ride!
The biggest change was on the other end of the new road. This area is quite shocking to see still, because it used to be completely wooded and level with the train tracks.
Click here to see what it looked like before; it’s the second picture!
We assumed that they were going to tunnel under the railroad, but now it looks like they are going to build a new railroad bridge! That will be interesting to see in progress.
And here is where the big diverging diamond interchange will go. This area was once covered in trees as well. It will be quite something when it is all finished!
I wonder what those are?
There has been a lot of changes made to the city I live in over the past few years, and it’s so easy to forget what it looked like beforehand. I wanted to make a point to take pictures of areas before they change, so I can always remember the way things used to be.