WAKE FOREST — Fred Smith Co., a contractor working on behalf of the town of Wake Forest, began construction on the Smith Creek, Sanford Creek and Dunn Creek Greenways Downtown Connector Project July 11.
The initiative entails the construction of a continuous pedestrian facility consisting of approximately 3.8 miles of greenway trail — including boardwalk and bridges — and 0.8 mile of sidewalk, along with a multi-use path in the vicinity of Heritage Elementary, Heritage Middle, and Heritage High Schools. Once completed, the project — which will introduce new wayfinding signage — will connect the major activity centers throughout Wake Forest.
A 10-foot wide, paved greenway will be constructed from the existing southern end of the Smith Creek Greenway at the Smith Creek Soccer Center, south along Smith Creek to the intersection with Sanford Creek. From there the greenway will follow Sanford Creek along the Heritage High School property and end at the existing western edge of the Sanford Creek Greenway in the Heritage South neighborhood.
A 10-foot wide paved greenway will also be built from the existing northern end of the Dunn Creek Greenway at the NC 98 Bypass/Dr. Calvin Jones Highway pedestrian culvert, north to town of Wake Forest property. The project will include trail spurs to the west connecting to Ledgerock Road and Cardinal Crest Lane. It will also address drainage issues within the existing pedestrian culvert and include the installation of lighting.
Pedestrian and bicycle-friendly connections to adjoining schools and neighborhoods will also be constructed, thereby promoting environmentally-friendly transportation routes to local schools, parks, shopping centers and homes.
Area residents are advised that during construction portions of adjoining sidewalks and greenways may be temporarily closed for the safety of pedestrians and work crews.
The project is expected to be completed in late 2017.
For more information about these greenway projects, including project renderings, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Smith & Sanford Creek Greenway Project” or “Dunn Creek Greenway - Downtown Connector.” Anyone with questions should contact Transportation Planning Manager Candace Davis at 919-435-9513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.