Traffic Alert - South White Street

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 1:39pm

Weather permitting, State Contracting, a private contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, will close a portion of South White Street from Elm Avenue to East Holding Avenue Wednesday-Friday, July 31-Aug. 2, from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

During these times, motorists will not be permitted to turn from Elm Avenue onto South White Street. However, access to businesses along this section of South White Street will be allowed via East Holding Avenue as work permits.

The road closure is necessary to allow crews to install a new sewer line. Water and sewer service in the area will not be affected.

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

The work is part of Phase 3 of the Downtown Streetscape Improvements Project. Continuing the implementation of the Renaissance Plan for Downtown Wake Forest, the initiative consists of street and landscape improvements along Sections 1 – South White Street from East Holding Avenue to Elm Avenue and 2A – East Owen Avenue from South White Street to South Brooks Street.

Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2019. The total cost of the project is approximately $5.7 million. For complete information, including project updates, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/projects/downtown-improvements-phase-3.

The Town completed South White Street, Phase 1: Jones Avenue to Roosevelt Avenue/NC 98 Business in 2010 and South White Street, Phase 2: Elm Avenue to Spring Avenue in 2012. For more information, contact Assistant to the Town Manager Candace Davis at cdavis@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.

Phase 3, Downtown Streetscape Improvements