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
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 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.