With growth in the three cities surrounding Kernersville, the town has developed in response to its desirable location. Even though High Point, Greensboro and Winston-Salem creep toward the borders of Kernersville, strong town leadership and deliberate thought for future economic progress have placed Kernersville in an enviable position.
This central location explains the choice of several trucking companies to call Kernersville home. FedEx Ground opened a 410,000-square-foot hub in 2011, investing over $100 million into their new 125-acre campus. Officials reported that FedEx’s capability to process 15,000 packages an hour brings an enormous advantage to the already successful transportation and logistics industry in Kernersville.
The centralized location works well for executives who frequently fly from Piedmont Triad International Airport, just minutes away from Kernersville. Public transportation options have increased with the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) bus routes. People who work and live in Kernersville often take the PART bus to Greensboro, Winston-Salem or High Point.
Pat Ivey, the Division Engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and a Kernersville resident, notes that with the growing perimeter surrounding Kernersville, the town and its residents can’t help but be affected.
“Clearly the transportation and highway system is critical. Projects like the new Macy Grove interchange and Beltway plan will help people move around Kernersville easier. We have good projects on the books for Kernersville. Some are soon while some will be completed later,” Ivey said.
One project, the Salisbury Street Bridge completed in late 2012, reflects what Ivey calls “a perfect example” of collaboration between the NCDOT and town government. The NCDOT allowed Kernersville officials to weigh in and supplement the project’s budget for upgraded elements. The lights chosen to embellish what was a basic bridge design fit more with the residential neighborhood that edges the bridge’s location.
Ivey said that their department has used the Salisbury Street Bridge project as an example of what can be accomplished when entities collaborate for aesthetics and function.