Ligon Mill Road Operational Improvements Project set to begin

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 12:32pm

Beginning Monday, May 4, Fred Smith Co., a private contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, will begin preliminary work on the Ligon Mill Road Operational Improvements Project (LMROIP).  

Initial efforts will include the installation of project signage and silt and tree protection fencing, along with equipment mobilization. This work will have little to no impact on pedestrians or traffic.

The LMROIP consists of widening the existing narrow corridor from two lanes to a four-lane median-divided roadway with left-turn lanes, bike lanes, curb and gutter and extra-wide sidewalks. In addition, crosswalks, pedestrian signals, and dedicated left, through and right-turn lanes will be installed at the existing intersection with South Main Street/US 1A.

These improvements are designed to significantly improve the mobility and safety of this corridor. Decorative stone retaining walls will also be installed to enhance the visual appearance of the area.

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Throughout the duration of the project, Ligon Mill Road will remain open for two-way traffic, but periodic lane closures will be necessary. All lane closures will occur outside of the peak travel periods and only occur weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and will not be performed over holidays or holiday weekends.

Once construction begins, motorists should expect periodic delays until the project is completed, but access will be maintained at all times to all adjacent businesses.

A 2014 Wake Forest Bond Referendum initiative, the LMROIP is expected to be completed in late 2021. The total cost of the project is approximately $6 million.

For more information, contact Transportation Engineer Jonathan Jacobs at 919-435-9441 or