Traffic Alert - Stadium Drive

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 2:07pm

Drivers should expect delays along the portion of Stadium Drive from Glencoe Drive to McDowell Drive beginning Tuesday, May 29.

Fred Smith Co., a private contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, will reduce the roadway to two lanes by shifting traffic to the north and removing the center turn lane. The traffic shift and lane reduction are necessary to allow crews to continue construction activities as part of the Stadium Drive Complete Street Project on the southern side of the project.

Signage will be in place to safely direct traffic flow through the work area. Delays are expected, so motorists are encouraged to take an alternate route if possible.

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.

For complete information, including project updates, visit hwww.wakeforestnc.gov/stadium-drive-complete-street-project.aspx.

Once construction begins, drivers who regularly commute along Stadium Drive should expect delays until the project is completed. Motorists who travel through the area are urged to plan ahead and allow extra time or consider using an alternate route.

In the meantime, Town officials are coordinating with administrators at Wake Forest High School and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to help ensure safe access for pedestrians and motorists throughout the duration of the project.

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 more information, contact Assistant Town Engineer Holly Miller at 919-435-9443 or hmiller@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 signage and 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.