Traffic Alert - South Main Street

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 11:17am

UPDATE - Due to inclement weather, this project has been postponed until Wednesday, May 24.

Weather permitting, the Town of Wake Forest will close the portion of South Main Street from Elm Avenue to South Avenue on Tuesday, May 23, from 8:30 a.m.-4 pm. The temporary road closure is necessary to allow Wake Forest Power tree trimming crews to 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 around the work area. Motorists traveling north along South Main will be diverted right onto Elm, left onto South White Street, then left onto East Roosevelt Avenue. Motorists traveling south along South Avenue will be diverted left onto East Roosevelt, right onto South White and right onto Elm.

Delays are expected, so drivers are encouraged to take an alternate route if possible.

In the event the work is not completed Tuesday, it will resume on Wednesday, May 24.

Wake Forest Power works to minimize storm impacts year-round through preventive maintenance, including 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.

For more information, contact Wake Forest Power at 919-435-9570.

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 at all times. 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.

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