About the Plan

Who is the Winston-Salem Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization?

Winston-Salem Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Area Map

The Winston-Salem Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WSUAMPO) is the federally designated agency responsible for working collaboratively with residents and local, state, and federal agencies on transportation planning and project development efforts within the Winston-Salem urbanized area. WSUAMPO was classified as a Transportation Management Area (TMA) by the 2010 Census, an urbanized area with a population of over 200,000.

The Winston-Salem Urban Area MPO provides transportation planning for:

  • City of Winston-Salem
  • Forsyth County
  • Town of Bermuda Run
  • Town of Bethania
  • Village of Clemmons
  • Town of Kernersville
  • City of King
  • Town of Lewisville
  • Town of Midway
  • Town of Rural Hall
  • Village of Tobaccoville
  • Town of Walkertown
  • Town of Wallburg
  • Portions of Davie, Davidson and Stokes Counties

What is a Metropolitan Transportation Plan?

One of WSUAMPO's most important responsibilities is developing and implementing a Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) for the planning area. The MTP outlines the WUSAMPO's transportation-related goals and objectives and addresses transportation-related issues and impacts over a 25-year horizon.

This fiscally-constrained, multi-modal transportation plan is updated every five years to adapt to population growth and land use patterns shifts, policy changes, new federal and state legislation and guidance, and other changes affecting the region. WSUAMPO adopted its last MTP, the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan in 2015.

What is Making Connections 2045?

Making Connections 2045 is the MTP being developed by the WSUAMPO as an update to the 2040 plan adopted in 2015. It will be a long range, fiscally-constrained plan that outlines the multimodal transportation improvements that will address the existing and projected transportation needs in and around the MPO planning area. Making Connections 2045 will be based on the most up-to-date information available on population and economic growth and will address changes in land use and transportation trends within the Winston-Salem urbanized areas since 2015.

Strollway Bridge construction - November 2019


The Making Connections 2045 plan is scheduled for completion in September 2020, with multiple opportunities for public engagement throughout the process. The project team will meet regularly with key stakeholders to help guide the plan development process.

Making Connections 2045 Plan Schedule

Text-based Schedule

  • Phase 1: Assess Existing Conditions — March 2020 — May 2020
  • Phase 2: Assess Future Conditions and Develop Recommendations — May 2020 — June 2020
  • Phase 3: Develop and Refine Draft Plan — June 2020 — September 2020
  • Final Plan Presentation and Approval: September 2020
  • Public Engagement Rounds — April 2020, June 2020, August 2020