New traffic pattern begins today along West Owen Avenue/South College Street

Monday, October 11, 2021 - 10:14am

A new traffic pattern begins today along South College Street and West Owen Avenue. The new design reverses the current one-way system from south and east to west and north. As a result, drivers will be able to access West Owen Avenue from South Main Street/US 1A but prohibited from turning onto South College Street from South Avenue.

As part of the traffic reversal initiative, crews are also installing three ADA compliant ramps into Holding Park, striping new angled parking spaces, and erecting new signage along the roadway. Weather-permitting, the work will be completed by Friday, Oct. 15.

Approved by the Board of Commissioners on September 21, the new traffic pattern will provide easier access to Holding Park, Holding Park Aquatic Center, and the Wake Forest Community House – all located at 133 W. Owen Ave. Holding Park will remain open and accessible throughout the week. Park visitors are encouraged to park in the gravel parking lot across the street from the Community House.

Electronic message boards announcing the new traffic pattern were set up last week to help alert motorists. For more information, email Streets Maintenance Manager Tim Bailey at

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