Traffic Alert - Front Street

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 3:09pm

Skillin Tree Care, a contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, will close the portion of Front Street from South Main Street to East Roosevelt Avenue on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The temporary closure is necessary to allow tree crews to remove a declining willow oak tree out of concern for public safety.

A signed detour will be in place to direct traffic around the work area. Delays are expected, so drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route if possible.

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

Once the tree is removed, the area will be landscaped, and new downtown signage installed as part of the Front Street Project.

For more information, contact Street Superintendent Ronald Moore at

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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.