Traffic Alert – Wingate Street

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 3:33pm

Drivers should continue to expect delays in the vicinity of Wingate Street through Wednesday, March 27. Fred Smith Co., a private contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, will close the portion of Wingate Street from Stadium Drive to West Pine Avenue between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. The road closure is necessary to allow crews to install a water line as part of the Stadium Drive Complete Street Project.

This work, which began Tuesday, March 19, was originally scheduled to be completed Saturday, March 23, but due to periods of rain and issues with the existing water line, the road closure was extended through Wednesday.

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

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 late 2019. The total cost of the project is approximately $7.3 million. For complete information, including project updates, visit

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

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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.