Traffic Alerts – South White Street & South Brooks Street

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 11:19am

Weather permitting, State Contracting, a private contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, will implement traffic restrictions along portions of South White Street and South Brooks Street over the next several days as part of the ongoing Downtown Streetscape Improvements Project.

Crews will reduce to one lane with intermittent traffic the portion of South White Street from Elm Avenue to East Holding Avenue Thursday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The lane closure is necessary for crews to perform final paving operations along the roadway. In the event the work is not completed Thursday, crews will return and finish on Friday.

No detours will be posted, but signage and flaggers will be in place to safely direct traffic through the work area.

Also, State Contracting will close to through traffic the 300 block of South Brooks Street, in the vicinity of the Owen Avenue intersection, from 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, through 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28. The road closure is necessary to allow crews to install collapsible bollards.

Detour signage and flaggers will be in place to safely direct traffic around the work area. Delays are expected, so motorists are urged to avoid the area and take an alternate route.

Again, both initiatives are 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

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

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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.