Wake Forest Reservoir Improvements
Phase 1 improvements are currently in design and will provide a paved driveway, designated striped spaces for cars and boat trailers, a refurbished boat ramp, a floating dock, a new bridge and greenway connections to the Traditions Grande Boulevard multipurpose trail and future connection to the pedestrian tunnel under NC 98 Bypass/Calvin Jones Highway. The project will also provide wayfinding signage, landscaping, and park amenities such as picnic tables and trash receptacles. The cost of this phase is estimated at $684,000 which includes design, permitting and construction. Funding was provided as part of the Greenways Bond that passed in November 2014. Estimated completion is Spring 2016.
Smith Creek Interceptor Improvement Project
The City of Raleigh and Park Construction of NC, Inc., began construction on the Smith Creek Interceptor Improvement Project (SCIIP) on Monday, Nov. 3.
Raleigh scheduled the SCIIP after a study revealed the need for additional flow capacity due to Wake Forest's considerable growth since its merger with Raleigh in 2005. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2016 at an estimated cost of $7.9 million.
The project affects portions of the Town of Wake Forest Greenway System including the section of the Smith Creek Greenway from Burlington Mills Road to the Neuse River Bridge and Dunn Creek Greenway near Heritage Lake Road. These areas are closed during periods of construction.
Smith Creek Greenway Parking & Trailhead
In an effort to provide adequate parking for Smith Creek Greenway users, the Town of Wake Forest began the preliminary design phase for a new parking area at the City of Raleigh Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP), located just off Ligon Mill Road.
Town officials presented the preliminary plan to approximately 100 Caddell Woods and Moss Creek residents during a community meeting on April 20. During the meeting, an overwhelming majority of attendees spoke out against the proposal. Many of the same residents also turned out for the April 21 board of commissioners meeting to support a neighborhood representative who spoke in opposition of the plan.
As a result, the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners voted May 19 to suspend plans to proceed with the project.
Town officials say they will consider other potential parking and trailhead sites, including an area along One World Way, but funding approval is not anticipated for several years.