Smith & Sanford Creek Greenway Project

Project Overview
The Town of Wake Forest has completed a continuous pedestrian facility consisting of approximately 2.4 miles of greenway trail and 1.25 miles of sidewalk and multi-use path in the vicinity of Heritage Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. This project connects major activity centers in Wake Forest.

The town received $3.4 million in federal Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ) grant funding to support this project.

A 10-foot wide, paved greenway ties the existing southern end of the Smith Creek Greenway at the Soccer Center, south along Smith Creek to the intersection with Sanford Creek. There, the greenway follows Sanford Creek along the Heritage High School property, and terminate at the existing western edge of the Sanford Creek Greenway in the Heritage South neighborhood.

Sidewalks and multi-use paths have been constructed along Rogers Road between South Franklin Street and Heritage Lake Road, as well as along Heritage Lake Road between Rogers Road and Heritage Heights Lane.

Pedestrian and bicycle friendly connections to adjoining schools and neighborhoods were also constructed, promoting environmentally friendly transportation routes to schools, parks, shopping centers and homes.

Project Timeline

  • 2009 Grant awarded

  • 2012 NCDOT authorized grant funding

  • 2012 Request for Qualifications (RFQ) released for private engineering firms to bid on the project

  • NCDOT held a public workshop during the spring of 2013 to present information about the Rogers Road and Forestville Road bridge replacement projects

  • Citizen Informational Workshop was held May 30 at Hope Lutheran Church. Participants were able to see the draft design plans and offer comments regarding the project.

  • 2013 Environmental Permitting, Design Greenway, Conducted community outreach meetings

  • 2013-2015 City of Raleigh Public Utilities Smith Creek Interceptor Project along this project area

  • 2014 Right-of-way acquisition began

  • 2016 Construction Start

  • September 30, 2017 Tri-Creek Crawl; Smith and Sanford Creek Greenway and Dunn Creek Downtown Connector Project Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

  • Minor punchlist work in progress

June 2018 Update

  • Completing final punchlist items for the Wayfinding portion of the project in progress


Proposed Trail Renderings
Click on the large photo below or one of the smaller thumbnail images to view a slideshow of trail renderings:

Staff Contact


  • Jason Pace, PE
    Kimley-Horn and Associates


  • DeVaughn Dixon
    Fred Smith Company