Traffic Alert – Durham Road

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 2:31pm

The Town of Wake Forest will reduce to one lane with intermittent two-way traffic a portion of the 400 block of Durham Road (near Tyler Run Drive) on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The temporary lane closure is necessary to allow Wake Forest Power tree crews to remove a dead tree and trim tree limbs and branches around overhead power lines.

Detour signs and flaggers will be in place to manage traffic flow and safely direct motorists through the work area. Delays are expected, so drivers are encouraged to take an alternate route if possible.

Wake Forest Power works year-round to minimize storm impacts through preventive maintenance, including the trimming of trees around Wake Forest’s 140 miles of overhead electric distribution lines. Downed trees and limbs are the leading cause of power outages during storms but more importantly endanger the lives of utility workers and the public.

Town officials are exploring possible uses for the tree’s usable wood after it is cut down. The smaller limbs and branches are expected to be chipped up and distributed as wood chips.

For more information, contact Tree Trimming Supervisor Jimmie Kearney at jkearney@wakeforestnc.gov.

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The Town of Wake Forest provides this information as a public service. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work. Motorists are encouraged to use the information to help plan their route and move safely through the work area.

Weather and unforeseen circumstances occasionally prevent work from being completed as scheduled and make it unsafe to reopen lanes or streets when planned. When this occurs, Town staff works with contractors to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and reduce impacts to the traveling public.

When traveling through a construction area, drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians are asked to be patient, proceed with caution, and obey flaggers. Drivers should get in the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. Drivers are also urged to double their following distances.