NCDOT to Hold Informational Workshop on Replacement of Four Wake Forest Bridges Friday, March 22, 2013

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Department of Transportation will hold an informational workshop on Monday, March 25, on the proposed replacement of four bridges in Wake Forest. The project would replace the bridges on Purnell Road over Horse Creek, West Oak Avenue over Richland Creek, Forestville Road over Sanford Creek and Rogers Road over Smith Creek. Each of the current bridges are either functionally obsolete or structurally deficient. That means they are safe, but in relatively poor condition, and need to be replaced.

The public meeting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 3525 Rogers Road in Wake Forest. There will not be a formal presentation, but NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions. The opportunity to submit written comments or questions will be provided.

Construction schedules have not been set, but the Forestville Road and Rogers Road bridges will not be built at the same time. The completion date for all the bridges will be in the fall of 2016.

All four bridges will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic and require detours.

The road closure for the Rogers Road bridge will be a maximum of 135 days, and is scheduled for March 31 to August 15 of the year its construction. The proposed structure will have be built to provide for five lanes in the future, with bike accommodations and sidewalks on both sides of the bridge. 

The road closure for the Forestville Road bridge will be no longer than 90 days during summer months and will open by August 15 of the year of its construction. The new bridge will have one lane in each direction, as well as bike accommodations. It will also have space for a future sidewalk on the west side of the bridge. 

The road closures for Purnell Road and West Oak Avenue will be a maximum 120 days. The Purnell Road bridge will be one lane in each direction, with bike accommodations on both sides and room for a future sidewalk on the east side of the bridge. The West Oak bridge also will be one lane in each direction.

For additional information, contact NCDOT Bridge Program Manager Mark Craig at (919) 733-4699. 

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