Forestville Road Bridge Replacement

Bridge Location

Construction Schedule

  • July 6 - Dec. 4, 2015 (150 days)

    • Dates are subject to change

  • The new Forestville Road Bridge opened Dec. 4, 2015.


  • The bridge has been deemed functionally obsolete. This means that while the bridge remains safe, it require repairs and was built to design standards no longer used for bridges. It also needs to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands.

  • Once completed, the project is expected to improve capacity and safety and relieve the bottlenecks that occur in the area during morning and afternoon rush hours.

  • View/Download the project fact sheet


  • A detour route will direct traffic to use Rogers Road, South Main Street (Rolesville) and Burlington Mills Road to bypass the bridge construction during the duration of this project.

  • View the detour map

Project Background & Overview

  • NCDOT originally planned to replace the Forestville Road Bridge in 2016. Original plans also called for the replacement of the Rogers Road Bridge in 2015 and the widening of Rogers Road from Hope Lutheran Church to Forestville Road within the next 10-15 years.

  • In an effort to reduce road closure times and lower construction mobility costs, the Town of Wake Forest requested that NCDOT expedite the Rogers Road widening project to coincide with the bridge replacement project.

  • In March 2014 NCDOT informed the town that due to the additional right-of-way acquisition necessary to widen the road it would accommodate the town's request by swapping the Rogers Road and Forestville Road construction schedules.

  • According to the revised schedule, NCDOT will replace the existing bridge on Forestville Road in July 2015 with a three-lane bridge that includes a sidewalk on the Heritage High School or western side of the structure, as well as a pedestrian underpass to accommodate users wishing to access the Smith Creek and Sanford Creek Greenways.


  • Driving through construction zones can be somewhat tricky, but motorist safety is our top concern.

  • Motorists are reminded that weather and road conditions can change rapidly and should plan accordingly.

  • When traveling through a construction area, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are asked to be patient, proceed with caution and obey flaggers at all times.

  • Dates, times and work locations are subject to change due to inclement weather or last-minute changes in work schedules.

Project Updates

  • In April 2015, the NCDOT announced the project to replace the bridge on Forestville Road that spans Sanford Creek, originally scheduled to get underway in April, would begin in early July and last until early December.

Operation Bridge Exchange App
Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to "Operation Bridge Exchange" in the palm of their hands by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app's "Operation Bridge Exchange" function. Designed to offer smart phone users instant access to important details about the Wake Forest area's four scheduled bridge replacement projects, the function includes the complete construction schedule, an interactive map, links to the scheduled detours, and more.

IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the town's free app by searching for "Town of Wake Forest" on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, or in Google Play or by scanning the appropriate QR code.

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