By David Leone
WAKE FOREST — If you see one-lane traffic in the coming weeks, take a breath before blowing your top: there’s much needed roadwork to be done before another winter causes further cracking and rutting.
The town of Wake Forest has resumed its road rehabilitation and resurfacing projects. In the next several weeks, Barnhill Contracting Co. will be performing full depth patching, roadway repairs and repaving on the following streets:
•East Sycamore Avenue
•Heritage Club Avenue
•South Franklin Street
Detour signs and flaggers will direct traffic around the work areas. Expect delays and use alternate routes if possible.
The work is expected to be completed by mid-December.
Some of the projects were previously funded; town commissioners signed off on the rest at a recent meeting. Total cost for design and work is estimated at approximately $400,000.
When commissioners questioned what was wrong with Heritage Club Avenue, Engineering Director Eric Keravuori said there is significant wear and tear from it being used as a cut-through when the Jones Dairy Road bridges were closed.
“If you walk it, you see it’s an issue,” he said.
One road left off the list is North Avenue, a short stretch between North Main and Wingate streets, which is heavily rutted and potholed. The road section is managed by the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT), which is the agency that has to fix it, town leaders were told.
“The concrete is uneven,” said Town Manager Mark Williams. “It needs to be torn up and redone.”
“It’s awful,” Commissioner Margaret Stinnett agreed.
But it’s not a priority for the DOT, Keravuori said.
When traveling through a construction area, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are asked to be patient, proceed with caution and obey flaggers at all times. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work.
Dates, times and work locations are subject to change due to inclement weather or last-minute changes in work schedules.
The town offers an interactive map on its website that provides basic information about transportation projects in the area at tiny.cc/WFroadwork.
The clickable map highlights projects that have active construction sites, are in the process of being designed, permitted, or are currently funded for future construction.
Active transportation projects are highlighted in orange and include construction and enhancements to roads, sidewalks, greenways, bridges, multi-use paths, bike lanes and other components of the transportation system.
Funded projects are shown in blue and indicate the town has been awarded a grant, but the project is not yet in the development stage.
For more information, contact Engineering Director Eric Keravuori at 919-435-9441 or [email protected]