Traffic Alert – Stadium Drive
Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 16, motorists are urged to proceed with caution through the intersection of Wingate Street and Stadium Drive. Fred Smith Co., a private contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, will be performing paving operations within the new roundabout as part of the Stadium Drive Complete Street Project.
Traffic control devices, including signage and barrels, will be in place to manage traffic flow and safely direct motorists through the new roundabout. Delays are expected, so motorists may wish to avoid the area and take an alternate route.
In addition, motorists are prohibited from parking along North Avenue between North Wingate Street and North College Street until the project is completed.
Extending from Capital Boulevard/US 1 to North Wingate Street, the Stadium Drive Complete Street Project is designed to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety, as well as traffic flow. Once completed, the typical section of Stadium Drive will include three lanes with curb and gutter, left-turn lanes at intersections and driveways and a 10-feet wide multi-use path on the south side. Other features will include five-foot wide sidewalks on the north side, wide striped shoulders on each side of the roadway, a pedestrian refuge island, high visibility crosswalks and ramps, and accessible transit stops.
A 2014 Wake Forest Bond Referendum initiative, the Stadium Drive Complete Street Project is expected to be completed in 2020. The total cost of the project is approximately $7.3 million. For complete information, including project updates, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/projects/stadium-drive-complete-street-project.
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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 signage and 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.